Thursday, December 09, 2004

Human Rights Trumped by Euros?

Once again, France and Germany are pursuing a foreign policy apparently aimed at two goals - irritating the US and lining their pockets. Once again, the altruism and committment to human rights that is supposed to distinguish the EU from the rest of the world is conspiciously absent.

Given that the weapons, if sold, could be used against Chinese democracy activists, the citizenry of Taiwan, and/or US troops, it is hard to fathom why France and Germany would be pursuing this now.

So much for the spirit of cooperation and mending of fences with the US...

At some point, we are going to have to accept that France and Germany are orienting their foreign policy toward opposing the US as a matter of strategy rather than a mere difference of opinions over a succession of single issues.