How Europeans Can Be Useful

Instead of slamming America, they should give the rest of the world a boost

If you want to know why Europeans and Americans don't always see the world in the same way, why the French Foreign Minister finds the axis of evil "simplistic" or why the Bush Administration is ready to contemplate a war in Iraq that no European government would welcome--imagine yourself on a little trip. In Washington, carved into the wall of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, are the names of 58,226 Americans who died in an unpopular war. Now, in your mind, fly to Belgium, where about the same number of names--54,896, to be exact--are written on the Menin Gate outside Ypres. But...

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