Re: Europe’s Vital Interests

Emanuele, what’s most extraordinary about Garton Ash’s piece is the level of candor:

The Gaza war is a negation of every principle for which Europe claims to stand. It directly affects our vital interests, not least because the latest round of Palestinian suffering (compounded by the Palestinians’ own divided and irresponsible leadership) will further inflame the anger of Muslims living in Europe.

This is an admission that Europe is being held hostage by domestic Islamists. Their demands? Do not molest our fellow travelers in the Middle East as they bomb, maim, and kidnap – or you’re next. Of course, Europe is next no matter what they do, but you try telling that to a continent with a gun poked in its ribs. The rule-of-thumb for the kidnapped is, “always try to break free.” But in practice, when you’re cuffed and blindfolded, it’s all about stalling until the good guys show up and save the day. The collective hostage scheme playing out in Europe puts victims in a new kind of double-bind. Part of the stalling tactic requires them to get indignant about the good guys (the U.S. or, in the present case, Israel.)

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