posted on Nov, 18 2002 @ 07:00 AM
Originally posted by John bull 1
Why do you hate the EU so much?
I don't hate the EU.
I just don't think that the Europeans are reliable allies. During the Cold War, we had a common cause. These days, there's no common cause to bind
us together. Europeans just don't seem to take the threat of terrorism as seriously as we do.
Besides that, European cultures (with the exception of Britain, Norway and Italy) have become soft and pacifist or are not allied with the US. (Anyone
who says the French are our allies should look at who they trade with). The entire EU's defense budget for fiscal year 2003 is a measly $150 billion
US, with a piddling $10 billion US for R&D (compared with the US's $355 billion defense budget with $30 billion for R&D, and the fact that there are
more Europeans than Americans). This tells me that Europeans in general are not serious about defense. They are counting on trade to save them, while
trade will really just enrich those whom we fight.
A note to our European friends. French pacifism and general wimpiness in the area of Iraq has not saved them from Islamic unrest in the street. Nor
did it save that tanker that Al Quaeda hit. You cannot compromise with this enemy, but that is precisely what Europe wants to do, and it is what OBL
and company want.
I don't hate the EU. I just don't want my nation to waste its time with a bunch of pansies who won't grow up, suck it up, and fight for their own
defense. Maybe European wimpiness is the result of 50 years of being defended by the US. And by the way, Europe isn't very grateful for that defense,
So why don't we Americans leave them to their own devices. I have no stomach for people who won't fight to defend themselves, and who accept those
who want to destroy their culture.