Birds of a feather
: An editorial in Austria’s Der Standard says that the Iraq brouhaha is giving Europe something it has not had: unity. It’s translated by Horst Prillinger here.
Up until now, there was not much of a European collective consciousness. A European identity? European values? A European soul, even? […] Suddenly everything has changed. Suddenly the Europeans, of which 80% oppose a war in Iraq, know who they are and what they want: they are people who want to head in a different direction than the one dictated by the America of the Bush administration.
To find an identity you need someone with whom you do not want to identify….
Or you could decide to stand for something.