Drooling on the Pillow

Saturday, March 13, 2004


What will interest me, and I know I'm not alone, is how the Spanish and Europeans in general will be feeling about this dispicable act three months from now. Will they understand then that they are at war and adjust their thinking accordingly, or will they continue to find ways to rationalize appeasment? It makes no difference whatsoever if this act was by the hand of Islamists or Basques. Or both. Or neither.

A few months ago I read an analysis by Robert Kagan of the different ways American and Europeans perceived the events of 9/11. He asked you to imagine you're alone in the woods in the neigborhood of a dangerous hungry bear. But you've only got a knife. You're going to figure your best bet is to lay low. Eventually the bear will move on. It will eat someone else. Then imagine the same scenario except that you have a high power rifle. You're going to figure your best bet is to go out and kill the bear before it comes upon you when you're asleep.

Now killing the bear is still iffy, dangerous work and if you wing him you're just going to make him more dangerous. But the bear has taken a goodly chunk out of Spain. What now? How many more bites will it take?
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