Europe's Family Feud

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SUPPORT: A Romanian soldier guards a U.S. plane at an airbase near Constanta; more Iraq-bound U.S. matériel is expected to go via Romania

The arrogant superpower demands fealty from the lesser states, and quashes any back talk. We've heard it all before. But that familiar take on Washington's push for war in Iraq took a delicious twist last week when France marched blithely into the role of bogeyman. French President Jacques Chirac's intemperate broadside at European Union candidate countries who back America's stance on Iraq — he called them "not very well behaved and rather reckless" and said they had "missed a good opportunity to keep quiet" — deepened the schism within the E.U. at a time when the Union is already at...

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