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Posted by on Sep 9, 2007 in At TMV | 6 comments

Europe Turns Right

My latest article for Pajamas Media is up. The subject of the post: recent developments in Europe (the Right has been successful and is likely be even more successful in the coming years) and the effect this will have on the American-European relationship and on how Europeans think about America and Americans in general. Furthermore I wonder whether Europe may be less anti-American than some suggest. An excerpt:

Although the American-European relationship is likely to improve in the coming years, it would be a mistake to assume that the shift to the right is caused by the anti-Americanism of the left or by the pro-Americanism of the right. Sarkozy, Wilders and Merkel did not garner support because they were close to the US: they won as many seats as they did because of domestic issues.

Sarkozy’s main talking points were France’s immigration and integration problem and the miserable state the French economy was and is in. The same can be said for Merkel, although she is not the populist Sarkozy is. Wilders – the most outspoken and blunt of all – focuses completely on the issue of integration and on the compatibility of Islam and democracy. He is probably most famous for comparing the Koran to Hitler’s Mein Kampf and arguing that the holy book should be made illegal.

The Dutch continue to think negatively about America, George W. Bush, and Americans in general. If one has a conversation with the average Dutchman about politics, in particular Iraq and the US president, one does not have to wait long before hearing a remark like “a stupid president for a stupid people.” Although most Europeans thought highly of Bill Clinton, the image of the gun-slinging American cowboy has never disappeared from the European mind. To many, Bush confirms this image of “the typical American.” The belief that Americans care only about money, wealth and oil is alive and well, and is seldom or never refuted by media reports. For years, neither by political leaders. (Bill Clinton was not depicted as the average American, but as the exception to the rule: he was able to keep the American nature in check.)

It’s an interesting read if I may say so. To read it, please click here.

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  • Carson

    It sounds as if we may share a common enemy.

    I believe both major parties here in the United States are controlled by the same group of bankers.

    A group of bankers and businessmen had been trying to monopolize the banking industry. In 1912 Woodrow Wilson was elected President with the aid of a bribe from them.

    They formed the Federal Reserve and are like our personal credit cards are for us except they are the credit card for the government. Well that and they pay no taxes that I know of. Anyway they’re at about at their 100-year anniversary.

    They have grown to proportions that I believe they now control many of the politicians of the world. Not only can they buy politicians of both parties here, and control our borders, they can also control much of our spending.

    Have you ever wondered why our once great nation has been spending money the way it does. It is sort of like how it would be to have a hundred wives on your credit cards and all of them dating those that own the credit card companies.

    “I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country.
    A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit.
    Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation,
    therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men.
    We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely
    controlled and dominated governments in the civilized world.
    No longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by
    conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by
    the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.”

    -Woodrow Wilson

  • Amazing, I didn’t know I was supposed to “care only about money, wealth and oil.”

  • I did some searching. Carson’s quote from Woodrow Wilson seems at least disputed.

  • domajot

    Europe’s caricature view of America and Americans is the result of a lot of factors, not all of them born in US. Some of it results from Europe’s problems with itself and would be there no matter what the US or its presidents do.

    The number one factor is Europe’s memories of a glorious past (Napoleop’s power still sheds a light on today’s Frenchmen) while today being in the shadow of America’s superpower status.

    Of course, Ameica’s actions of late have only exacerbated the split. But no such thing as an America that would please Europe in all ways is possible, or ever will be possible. The US would be foolish to pursue such a dream. Equally, Europe would be foolish to expect the US to always act as it dictates.

    Hopefully, both sides of the Atlantic can co-operate when their interests coincide. Hopefully, locking horns can be avoided in the future. Bht caricatures will live on, no matter what, IMO.

  • Very good comment Doma.

  • Carson

    Holly,

    He had a bunch of them along the same line. You can find a couple more here.

    http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quotes_by/woodrow+wilson

    More important is to look into the Federal Reserve.

    http://www.apfn.org/apfn/reserve.htm

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