04 januari 2006
Het verschil tussen twee Europese leiders
Aan de ene kant, de gewezen Spaanse eerste minister Aznar:
It is often said that Europe always leans towards the soft option because it lacks the military power to do otherwise. The truth is that, at some recent point in our history, Europeans in general have chosen, either consciously or unconsciously, to separate diplomatic from military means, favoring conciliation over pressure and force. We refuse to call things by their proper names; we refuse to accept that there really are people prepared to die in order to kill us; we refuse to recognize our enemies, both at home and abroad.
We are engaged in a battle of civilizations against an emerging, assertively political Islam, all over the world. To make ourselves weaker is the best recipe for disaster. Another recipe for disaster would be to distance Europe from the United States.Aan de andere kant, de gewezen Duitse bondskanselier Schröder, een man "remarkable for consistently standing on the wrong side of history."
His visits to Leonid Brezhnev in Moscow in 1980 and 1982 that were sandwiched between the invasion of Afghanistan and the targeting of Western Europe with Soviet SS-20 missiles.
His statement at that time that Brezhnev looked more disposed toward talking peace than the Americans.
His opposition to German reunification and the creation of the euro.
His push to have the European Union to lift its arms embargo to China.En dan hebben we het nog niet gehad over zijn door verkiezingskoorts geïnspireerde verzet tegen Operation Iraqi Freedom en over zijn pensioenregeling die hij van Poetin, euh Gazprom heeft gekregen.