Alpha 1: ROTFL, Klaus, show me someone who is a bigger economic superpower? The EU? Please. China. Riiight.
Another person with his head in the sand! Maybe the EuroZone is bigger, but it is in no way the economic power the US is. The US economy STILL is the economy that drives the world economy.
Remember the asian crisis? It did
impact the USA quite a bit. Europe is just now starting up the common market; But just look at DaimlerChrysler, Airbus and others. Things aren´t as simple any more as they used to be.
Alpha 1: You're joking, right? Realistically? Like doing what Europe has CONSTANTLY done throughout it's history when faced with crisis: trying to appease those who cause the trouble in the first place: the Nazi Germany's, the Iraq's, the Iran's, the North Korea's. Haven't you guys learned anything from your long, bloody history?
That´s exactly the point: One of the things we´ve learned is not to rely entirely
on military power, but to act politically
. Everybody knows that at this time military power can´t always be replaced by political action, but the same is true the other way around. And contrary to the USA, we know very well what it means to have entire countries devastated by war. Leading war at the expense of others and on their ground is a lot more convenient, but it tends to lead to a loss of perspective.
Alpha 1: Wnen faced with countries or entities who will not live and let live, as these nations have show over a long period of time, the only way to deal with them is BY STANDING UP TO THEM!!
Yeah; Just look at Viet Nam. Great idea. Who needs a sound political strategy when there´s napalm
Alpha 1: If not for US influence, Europe would have done what it's done for ages-wage war. We saw a microcosm of that in the Balkans recently. What makes you think Europe, in it's historic form, has "learned" anything.
You might have noticed that there´s a slight difference between the development levels of western Europe and the balkan states. Just a hint.
Alpha 1: What Europe hasn't learned that you don't appease and placate bullies.
You mean this oversimplified "axis of evil" bullshit? That´s
your strategy? Oh, please!
I obviously have to remind you that - for instance - german troops are securing the peace in Kabul while we speak, with german special forces participating in the ongoing pursuit of the remaining taleban.
Your apparent ignorance leads you to conclusions that are at the same time insulting
Alpha 1: Maybe you feel that way because you haven't faced an attack like the US recently has. Maybe Europe would have a different perspective if such an attack were to have befell their soil. I pray that never happens to any of us again, but if it does, who do you think Europe will turn to for support and guidance? You got it-that same "immature" country that you all so openly bash now.
Again, you just don´t have a clue what you´re talking about!
Just as an aside, many of the victims on 9-11 were europeans or other non-Americans.
And Europe has far, far more experience with terrorism. The lucky fact that you have been spared terrorist attacks for so long is not really an excuse for your ignorance.
Well before Oklahoma City and New York, terrorists have already attacked european countries. Granted, the victims were not "concentrated" as much as in the two american attacks, but the total numbers aren´t much lower (if at all).
Your allegations are inexcusable. Ignorance can be innocent. In your case, you´ve got access to all the information and you have been made aware of it. That´s not innocent any more.