All the landmass of earth, bar Antarctica, is governed by, or at least claimed by, a nation-state. And nation-states come in all kinds. There
Point taken. Not much to add to this. I think Mandella might disagree with you though. He questioned if America and Britain were attacking due to the head of the UN (Koffee Annan) being black!
Europeans know our history better than we do, yet, they still haven’t learned that when Germany and France collaborate, Europe bleeds. Severely. It might not be (as much) blood this time, but it will be money.
–France sees itself as a great nation worthy of power, the birthplace of democracy, and a culture and system of government that the world would be wise to emulate.–
On some comments thread or other, I saw this quip:
“Unilateralism is spreading.”
Good post. You may wish to turn off “curly quotes” and the conversion of “-” in endash characters. Here’s what the page looks like on my browser (IE6, WinXP):
“The armed forces and bases of the US, Great Britain, and 40 other nations will soon be liberating Iraq from its long nightmare � surely, a noble cause. Let�s not hear any garbage about how it�s �really just all about oil.� It isn�t.”
I belive we’re going to be calling this new form of internationalism “the unilateralism of the majority”
Nice job Mr. Green – I’ll be linking to it. Germany and France will figure it out someday, or they’ll marginalize themselves into irrelevance; maybe both. Whichever, their rantings won’t carry much weight going forward. So we got THAT going for us.
The more that I think about it, W is single-handedly pulling the sheet off the UN and the EU. And every time France and Germany try to hip-check us off the stage, the rest of the Euro countries are watching their behavior.
The UN, Germany and France are all helping to accelerate their respective irrelevance.
Wow. You’ve shined a harsh, clear light on the situation, Stephen. Bravo!