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June 09, 2005



It's also been speculated that because of her East German roots, Ms. Merkel is likely to be more sympathetic towards the concept of liberty, ie our liberation of the Iraqi people from an oppressive regime and their subsequent formation of a democracy.

Bill Rice


An excellent point, and one that I should have addressed in my post. The Eastern European or "New Europe" thinking I would say prizes liberty to a higher degree than Western "Old" Europe.

Kind regards,

Bill Rice
Dawn's Early Light


Great post!


Ms. Merkel may have an affinity for America,but Germans do NOT.

My advice,do not over rate the influence of a leader,Aznar also has an affinity for America.

He's also unemployed. Most Europeans do not care for America guys. I say face that reality and deal with it instead of hoping they suddenly see the light and like us better than Saddam Hussein.

It ain't gonna happen,ever.

Florian Euring

@Seth and Bill Rice

It is certainly right that the Polish and other former East-block countries are aware of their totalitarian communis past and therefore embrace american-western values, especially liberty. Unfortunately this is not true for many east Germans. Anti-americanism is very common among them. Left wing and right wing extremists are voted into the state parlament. It is sad but true. Nevertheless I hope the election of Angela Merkel will bring a change to the positive in our country.


Poland's and other former Eastern-block countries' willingness to help in America's war against terrorism has nothing to do with 'american -western values, especially liberty'. More likely goverments of those countries hope for some kind of economic grattitude from the USA.
Aware citizens however are ashamed of that thinking. They have long ago realized that democracy can never be brought with bombs.
Those who think of America as a liberation bringing country I would advise watching a film: Road to Guantanamo. A documentary.

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