I had never really followed the EU much. It was sort of, okay, whatever. Others complain about them being a bunch of wimps and various other derogatory things. I didn’t really have an opinion — then I read the following:
The European Union, already at odds with the Bush administration over pre-emptive military strikes, reacted warily to a warning from Moscow that it too reserved the right to neutralize terror threats anywhere in the world.
Col. Gen. Yuri Baluyevsky, the chief of the general staff of Russia’s armed forces, said Wednesday that “we will take all measures to liquidate terrorist bases in any region of the world.”
The European Union argues that a policy of pre-emptive strikes is too risky. A security strategy paper approved by EU governments last year said emphasis should be placed on diplomatic and political solutions.
“Diplomatic and political solutions” often work if you are dealing with a nation state. I think it was 15 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11/2001 were from Saudi Arabia. Should we have started negotiations with Saudi Arabia to find out why they attacked us? No? Why is that? Oh, because it was Osma bin Laden that was the top leader of that attack not the Saudi government. So perhaps we should negotiate with him. He sent us an open letter after the attack, clearly spelling out the conditions required before the attacks would stop. I commented on this letter before so I don’t need to do that in depth here, but the bottom line is that we need to convert to Islam and stop the immorality and debauchery including fornication, homosexuality, intoxicants, gambling, and trading with interest. We need to rule ourselves under the laws of Shariah of Allah rather than invent our own laws. If we fail to respond to all (emphasis added) these conditions then we will need to fight the Islamic Nation.
Okay, so tell me how we can find a diplomatic solution to this position of our adversary? Who wants to give up the U.S. Constitution and turn our justice system over to Islamic Clerics? Maybe we could just reinstate prohibition and execute homosexuals. Does anyone think that perhaps this would be sufficient to satisfy them? Does anyone think that is an acceptable compromise? I don’t, and I’m not a homosexual and only very rarely drink any alcohol. If those laws were passed it would only have the most minor of immediate effects on me and my lifestyle. But it still is totally and completely unacceptable to me. I would rather imprison and/or kill a hundred thousand Islamic extremists and loose another thousand U.S. lives than agree to that one point. And what cost do you think we should be willing to pay to avoid the rule of “Shariah of Allah”? I’d rather start up special pig (and web) farms for the Islamic terrorists we need to “process”. As sad and as distasteful as it may be it would be better to run a million Islamic extremists through the pig farms than for the world to live under an Islamic theocratic rule.
So, IMHO, the EU is a bunch of totally clueless wimps. If they want to “place emphasis on diplomatic and political solutions” then I would like to suggest they pursue that path with the Russians. I think perhaps the Russians would agree to let the EU leaders shovel their pig manual.