January 30, 2003


LETTER: Europe and America must stand united (Times of London, January 30, 2003)
THE real bond between the United States and Europe is the values we share: democracy, individual freedom, human rights and the Rule of Law. These values crossed the Atlantic with those who sailed from Europe to help create the USA. Today they are under greater threat than ever. [...]

Jose Maria Aznar, Spain
Jose Durao Barroso, Portugal
Silvio Berlusconi, Italy
Tony Blair, United Kingdom
Vaclav Havel, Czech Republic
Peter Medgyessy, Hungary
Leszek Miller, Poland
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Denmark

Here's the letter from the New Europeans. One doubts the Old Europe really does share those values. Posted by Orrin Judd at January 30, 2003 3:06 PM

Don't get too hot and bothered. None of these countries can send us much in the way of help except Great Britain, and Blair's in a shaky position at the moment himself.

Posted by: Derek Copold at January 30, 2003 5:47 PM

We don't need help. Europe does. Any sign of a pulse is hopeful.

Posted by: oj at January 30, 2003 7:46 PM

Great Britain is generating maximum effort for this war with her dispatch of over 26,000 troops - in fact, beyond maximum effort; with all the other commitments she has, the British armed forces are at their uttermost limit. They have had to ask for help from the United States for sealift for their heavy equipment. The Czech Republic, also, is making a very significant (though smaller in absolute numbers) contribution; they have several hundred chemical-defense specialists on station in Kuwait, who may well be a critical Allied asset if Saddam manages to let loose a WMD attack this time around. And I understand, though I cannot confirm, that Polish commandos/special forces are already deployed in Iraq alongside the Green Berets and SAS.

Posted by: Joe at January 30, 2003 8:47 PM

The Czechs had chemical defense experts in the Gulf during the last Gulf War. They were for show. The same with the others, excepting Britain. There'll be token appearances. That's it.

If Blair's backbenchers walk on him, the British commitment might become questionable as new leadership would take over the Labour Party. The Tories are a pathetic shadow of themselves, so don't count on them riding back in.

Posted by: Derek Copold at January 31, 2003 9:48 AM