The world’s watching
: British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw acknowledges that all the live coverage of this war could have an impact on the tactics:
“If there’d been live television coverage of the action on the Somme, I doubt whether it would have continued with that sort of carnage over the weeks or months,” Mr Straw said.
For your protection
: Will, a blogging soldier, just arrived in Kuwait and reports on handy personal hygiene items for the soldier:
Condoms have a specific (and VERY necessary) purpose in the civilized world, but here they are great for keeping the dust out of the barrel of your weapon. On a side note, lubricated is not recommended by the author for it serves no purpose in this effect, and only makes the weapon slippery.
The other side of the ocean
: Washington Post columnist Robert Kagan writes in the Jerusalem Post about the growing split between America and Europe.
It would seem, then, that the trans-Atlantic rift, and the anti-Americanism it inspires on the European side, is not a transient affair. Rather, it reflects basic philosophical differences rooted in the realities of power. Put bluntly, Americans believe in power as a legitimate instrument of national policy because Americans have power. Europeans eschew the use of power in favor of diplomacy, international conventions and foreign aid because they don’t have power. One side practices the strategy of the strong; the other, the strategy of the weak.
That’s the lead article in a whole package
under the provocative (especially for Israel) title: Why do they hate America?
In another piece, Per Ahlmark, former deputy PM of Sweden, looks critically at five faces of anti-Americanism in old Europe.
Instead of supporting Israel together with America, Europe has taken part in the delegitimization of the Jewish state, not least when voting for extreme resolutions in the UN. This outrageous part of European foreign policy might change in the future when countries, which were recently liberated from communism, become full members of the European Union.
But the jury is still out here. Will Poland, the Czech Republic and the other new democracies of Europe make the EU more understanding of both America’s responsibilities and Israel’s struggle to defend itself? Or will France, Belgium and some other old democracies contaminate also East and Central Europe with their anti-Americanism and repeated condemnations of Israel?
Moshe Zimmerman writes about German schizophrenia regarding America:
Being a nation that was beaten, liberated, occupied and economically catapulted by America, creates a serious psychological problem for Germany: how to be thankful and bear a grudge at the same time?
And there is much more. Click away here.
: The Jeff Greenfield piece on weblogs, including mine, is scheduled to be on tonight between 10 and midnight. But, of course, this is TV. Anything could change. Or, like Madonna, they could think better of it.
Oh, no, don’t tell me he’s coming back here?!?
: More late-breaking Geraldo news. Now CNN says he’s leaving voluntarily rather than being kicked out. I’m a little surprised; he was brown-nosing the soldiers so much you’d think they’d hire him on as a flack; he antimatter to Peter Arnett’s matter; he turned himself into the Arnett on our side. But he didn’t follow orders. So he’s shipping out. KP for Geraldo. Clean those spuds, soldier, we’re making ourselves some freedom fries!