What should we (Europe) ask of Bush II.2?
Reading The Guardian today I found an article
(from last Thursday) by Timothy Garton Ash, with a byline of San Francisco. After a few paragraphs detailing how "everyone" he talks to (in San Francisco...) wants to move to New Zealand, or Canada, and quoting signs he has seen "Sorry World (we tried) - Half of America" he laments the next four years in typical Euro we're-not-anti-America-only-anti-Bush fashion. He goes on to end with "We are all blue Americans now. "
Following the article was a link to his website
, which contained this gem of a discussion board: What Should we ask of BushII.2?
Click on that link and see how the question morphs to what should we demand
of Bush. The posts that follow are a mix of American and European responses. Some of the best are below.
- "Demand" is not a word that Europeans use to Americans.
- All these horrible crimes you´re talking about have nothing to do with religion. Oh, they´re committed in the name of religion of course....Actually, they´re a pretty good example of what happens when you don´t respect other people´s faith.
- What has taking school children hostage got to do with anything? I can only presume you're referring to Beslan, which clearly has nothing to do with a clash of values between Western and Islamic values.
- his resignation?
And on and on and on.