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Saturday, January 08, 2005

It Could Be That Some of the European Intellectuals Are Awakening

Then again, this may only be an aberration. It reflects what many of us have been warning Europe about, read the whole article, as it also pertains to the UN:

Little Respect for Europe
Fasten your seat belts, ladies and gentlemen! This comment from Jochen
Buchsteiner in Germany's conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) hits European policy makers right between the eyes. Buchsteiner - while no friend of the Americans - critizes Europeans for being nice but not effective in helping tsunami victims.

Little Respect for Europe
By Jochen Buchsteiner
Europe is not projecting a positive image these days. There is no
lack of dismay and sympathy – that can be seen in the huge volume of donations
coming from private citizens and the generous pledges of financial aid coming
from the politicians. But this has so far has had very little effect along Asian
coastlines on the victims’ acute sufferings. The first help they are seeing
comes from others – from Australians, Indians and, above all, from Americans.
While American soldiers were delivering emergency supplies to isolated
disaster areas and Australian doctors were treating the injured, Europeans were
having meetings or, worse yet, trying to set dates for meetings. The French
Minister of Public Health, Douste-Blazy, posed a rhetorical question while
visiting Sri Lanka: was it "normal" that his colleagues in Brussels held their
first discussions on the subject a full ten days after the catastrophe? His
answer was devastating – Europe’s actions were "not concrete.". ...

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