Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Wednesday, March 26, 2003

Careful what you wish for Mr Prodi.

The Iraq war and the divisions it has bared among European governments should lead Europeans to abandon the U.S.-led NATO alliance if they want to have a meaningful say in world affairs, European Commission President Romano Prodi said Wednesday.

He praised Germany, France and Belgium for starting "a timely and good" debate on a European defense undertaking outside of NATO to ease Europe's reliance on America for its security.

Prodi urged other E.U. nations to join them.

"It is evident the Iraq crisis has brought us to a new crossroads" in trans- Atlantic relations, he said. "We must choose a different path."

A quick look at the resources allocated by these countries for defence should make it easy for any other European nation to have second thoughts about trusting these nations to form an international defence coalition. However if these three nations wish to go off on their own, they are free to do so.

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