Friday, August 20, 2004

Europeans say "No" to John Kerry..............

I'll admit it, I'm addicted to NPR (for those not in-the-know, that's National Public Radio). I listen to it during the drive into work; I listen to it on the drive home each evening. I listen to it on Saturday & Sunday mornings when I should be asleep. It is my favorite source of information. Why? Because they do a good job of covering things in the World, not just America. This morning is a case in point.

NPR Morning Edition did a story on the reaction of Europeans to this year's Presidential elections in the US. Newspaper editors from both France and Germany were interviewed. The interviewer from NPR kept bringing up the point that Senator Kerry states that if he is elected President, the Europeans will cooperate with the US and send troops to Iraq. Both newspaper editors told the interviewer "No, that is not true." It was stated by these editors that probably 90% of western Europeans would vote for Kerry, while a majority of eastern Europeans would vote for Bush. I find this point interesting because those "mature" democracies in western Europe that are sliding more & more into pure socialism don't like a strong, freedom loving American President while those fledgling democracies in eastern Europe who for decades suffered under a perverted form of socialism favor a strong, freedom loving American President.

<>The interview made me feel good because it confirms what I've suspected all along - no matter who the US President is (liberal democrat or conservative republican); the Europeans (and the rest of the World) will do what is in their interests. The Europeans don't want to go to Iraq, so if John Kerry is elected President they still won't go but when they tell him "No" they'll say it with a smile on their face.

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