The grinning face of European appeasement shows up on Al Jazeera today.
The president of the EU, Romani Prodi, says
"It is clear that using force is not the answer to resolving the conflict with terrorists."
Keep in mind he is speaking of the same terrorists who blew body parts all over Madrid last week using explosives packed with nails and metal shards to inflict as much physical damage on men, women, and children as possible. One observer said the area near the blasts was covered in ribs and severed limbs.
What would Prodi do to counter such people? What misunderstandings does Prodi think can be resolved? What common ground does Prodi see with Islamofascists? What does Prodi think these people want?
"We must remember," Prodi says, "that it has been a year since the war in Iraq started. Terrorism is infinitely more powerful than a year ago."
This is, of course, absurd. Where might this infinite power be coming from? Certainly not Afghanistan, or Iraq, or Libya. Where is this infinite power manifesting itself? Not in the United States, or Israel, nor again, Iraq.
Does Prodi really believe that confronting terrorists and dismantling their networks makes the world unsafe? Apparently so. But Prodi has a solution.
"In Madrid, there are explicit demands from the population for Europe to ensure people's security and protection."
Notice, these Madrilenos are not calling for Spain to ensure their safety but Europe.
Prodi conveniently goes on to take sides in the American presidential campaign.
He said he felt "encouraged" by changes taking place in the US which appeared more willing to cooperate with the rest of the world.
"All the Democrats and some Republicans believe that the United States must cooperate with other countries and should act alone only in exceptional circumstances."
"It is not Europe which is getting closer to the United States but rather America which is moving toward us."
Could Romani Prodi be one of those shadowy European leaders that is rooting for John Kerry? Without a doubt.