A new poll shows that many Europeans think the overthrow of Saddam Hussein has actually increased the likelihood of future terrorist attacks. Yahoo! News - AP: Europeans Say Iraq War Raised Threat
This comes after the capture and humiliation of Saddam himself, after the Iraqis have reached consensus on a remarkably liberal constitution, and after the number of deaths of coalition troops in Iraq has plummeted.
What could they possibly be thinking? That a sadistic dictator sitting on billions of euros worth of oil who proudly subsidized suicide bombers and who was skilled at playing on the fears and avarice of European members of the diplomatic community was a force for peace?
Surely something emotional lies at the heart of such irrational beliefs. An analysis of the survey in the news report above sheds some light:
"General negative feelings about the Iraq war contribute to fears of either defeated Iraqis or terrorists who use the Iraq war as a pretext to commit attacks."
Hmmm. So Europeans are afraid that beating the terrorists and Islamofascists will only make them madder. Interesting take on the situation. Why not just give them the Sudetenland? And do I hear a little rationalization going on? Perhaps those who originally opposed the war are now looking for anything to validate their de facto support of fascism?
"The polls found that people living in all the countries except the United States have an unfavorable view of the role that President Bush plays in world affairs. Only in the United States did a majority, 57 percent, have a positive view of the role played by the U.S. president.
Oh, now I get it. The Euros don't really have any coherent opinion about the most pressing issue of our time . . . but they do hate Bush. What with his Bush oil and his Bush cowboy hat and his all around Bushyness. Yup, he's one thing the Euros can agree on no matter if you're on the Left, or the Far Left or the Extreme Left where it blends right into the Extreme Right.
And that's where Europe will take a bold stand. Don't remind us about the seething masses of religious fanatics who don't distinguish between Belgian infidels and Texan infidels, who harbor the most racist and misogynist social agenda since the Euro's own homegrown National Socialists, who are thrilled at the prospect of frightened Westerners giving in to their demands before they kill them anyway.
No . . . we don't hate hate, we hate Bush!
One priceless quote:
"Bush has a lot of work to do if he wants to be popular in France," said Edouard LeCerf, director of opinion research for Ipsos France.
I suspect W has better things to do with his time.