Summer 2002

The EU Must Field Stronger Military Forces to Fight Terrorism

Member, European Parliament

As we near the first anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks against the United States, it is time to look at Europe's response to international terrorism. Judging by the conclusions of the Spanish Presidency of the European Union following the recent meeting of EU leaders in Seville, military means play only a minor role.

Instead, the European Union has "decided to step up the action of the Union against terrorism through a coordinated and interdisciplinary approach." This approach, embracing all EU policies, including the European Security and Defense Policy (ESDP), aims to "strengthen the international coalition and to prevent and contain regional con§icts."

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Like the U.S., the EU Wants Russia as a Partner

Brussels Correspondent

Just like the United States, Europe is betting on Vladimir Putin without any reservations. European leaders are deliberately forgetting Russian repression in Chechnya - which only yesterday they were harshly condemning - and other breaches of democratic principles, especially with regard to freedom of the press.

The 15 countries of the European Union no longer regard Russia as an adversary, nor even as a great unpredictable power of which it would be wise to be wary, but as a partner, almost an ally.

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Letter to the Editor: European Criticism of U.S. Support for Israel is Unfounded

Although Rupert Cornwell addresses several issues at the core of the disagreement between the United States and its European allies regarding the Israeli-Palestinian con§ict, any such assessment would benefit from a closer assessment of the validity of Europe's concerns pertaining to U.S.-Israeli policies. Such an assessment demonstrates that European criticisms of American support for Israel's war on terrorism cannot be defended either on intellectual or on moral grounds.

Europeans who suggest that Israel be effectively stripped of a right not denied to any other state - namely the right to defend itself and its citizens from any hostile attack - are unaware of the nature of the forces that Israel is forced to deal with. Pure evil must be recognized for what it is, and the deliberate murder of civilians, in the furtherance of any political agenda, is evil and must never be tolerated.

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Reconcilable Differences: U.S.-French Relations in the New Era.

By Michael Brenner and Guillaume Parmentier.
Reviewed by Reginald Dale

 

The often abrasive friendship between France and the United States provides one of the world's most interesting, and entertaining, diplomatic spectacles. Much has been written in recent years about the cultural and attitudinal clashes between these two proud nations, both of which regard their competing values as "universal." Many recent books, however, have been of the dinner-table variety, explaining patiently to Americans what gifts to bring the hostess at a French country weekend or how to behave at a business lunch.

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Letter to the Editor: U.S. and Europe Should Cooperate More on the Middle East

The spring issue of European Affairs contained two timely and informative articles about the Middle East and the different European and U.S. perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian con§ict and on what to do about Saddam Hussein.

Rupert Cornwell points out the growing public gap between Americans and Europeans over the Middle East crisis. He attributes this to Washington's seeing everything through the optic of the war against terrorism, to Europe's guilt over its colonial past in the Middle East and to Israel's acquisition of nuclear weapons. I would argue, however, that the causes are broader and deeper.

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