August 27, 2007

...and Speaking of the French

Sarkozy calls on Europe to start pulling its own weight in security.  He's gonna get a lot of resistance, and probably a lot of abuse from the press, both domestic and abroad, and that's before all the surrender jokes.

This is a good thing and a baby step in the right direction, the Europeans have assumed we'll take care of things for far too long.  This is partially a consequence of Cold War politics, where Europeans that had the luxury of not being under the thumb of the Soviets also had the luxury of not needing to have an actual military, because we were covering their asses, the Cold War is over, and we are less obliged to defend Europe.

The other side of this is the obvious ideological conflict in European thinking in regards to military force.  As we've seen in fighting the Jihadists and facing other issues, the Europeans as a whole revel in talking shit and sliming our Armed Forces and how they get the job done. 

Meanwhile we see tragedies like the one unfolding in Darfur, and a good portion of the left in the US and Europe are clamoring for intervention, and it just isn't happening, I say, let the Europeans build a force all on their own, and be the driving force to end the genocide there, they can find out what taking on the responsibility a military action in the modern era is.

 Perhaps with a more capable military system in Europe, the Europeans can finally start understanding the difficulty of real military actions that have real consequences (beyond standing around aimlessly on a UN tour with no clear objective), and get an understanding that war and military affairs aren't easy, and aren't clean.  Its easy to sit on the sidelines and bitch about how the US does things, but there comes a point where you have to either put up an alternative or your criticism runs hollow, and Sarkozy I think recognizes that.

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