October 16, 2004


Remember the "wealth of sympathy" ladled upon Americans after September 11? In Australia, among the hard left, it took the immediate form of accusations against the US:

Some others have written making judgements about the United States and suggesting it is responsible for last night's events.

All that "sympathy" -- letters to the Sydney Morning Herald claimed the US brought on the attacks because it hadnít ratified Kyoto -- has since evaporated, according to The Guardianís Alan Travis:

George Bush has squandered a wealth of sympathy around the world towards America since September 11 with public opinion in 10 leading countries - including some of its closest allies - growing more hostile to the United States while he has been in office.

Better add Alan Travis to the Operation Guardian list.

Posted by Tim Blair at October 16, 2004 02:07 AM

I always knew it was shite, because there was always a 'but'

Posted by: AuSkeptic at October 16, 2004 at 02:16 AM

"wealth of sympathy"

Where was that then? Apparently you're only entitled to sympathy if you take it like a, um,...european.

I'd rather do without the sympathy and respond with some fast moving metal.

Posted by: Dean McAskil at October 16, 2004 at 02:35 AM

George Bush has squandered a wealth of sympathy around the world towards America

If you need sympathy, you can always print more. It's cheap.

They put it in bunker busters now.

Posted by: Ron Hardin at October 16, 2004 at 02:35 AM

Since when has France been one of our closest allies?

Posted by: Bostonian at October 16, 2004 at 03:01 AM

>public opinion in 10 leading countries -
>including some of its closest allies -
>growing more hostile to the United
>States while he has been in office.

Funny, but I remember reading the same tripe when Ronald Reagan was in office and standing up to the Soviet Union. I remember the demonstrations, too.

What I don't remember is any golden age when Europeans liked us. Oh, there's been a few short periods here and there immediately following a liberation. But that always evaporated quickly.

Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose. Or as we say in America, "Same shit, different day."

Posted by: Dave S. at October 16, 2004 at 03:21 AM

Man, we should really be ashamed for being such a lousy victim.

We're not as bad as the Jews, though. The Europeans gave them OODLES of sympathy after the Holocaust. Then they went and had the bad taste to start fighting back against people who want to kill them.

I guess being liked by Europeans requires being killed. Or, "The only good American or Jew is a dead American or Jew."

Posted by: Dave S. at October 16, 2004 at 03:27 AM

I think the Guardian best expressed its sympathy for America with this cartoon it published on 9/18/01.


Posted by: Rob A. at October 16, 2004 at 03:42 AM

Squandered a wealth of sympathy?

What the hell were we meant to do with all that precious sympathy? Sit around and feel sorry for ourselves, but now with European help?

Posted by: Anon at October 16, 2004 at 03:52 AM

Were we to surrender our military to the ICC, our nukes to unilateral disarmament, our economy to Kyoto, our foreign policy to the UN, our Constitution to Sharia, our elections to international voters, our governance to nanny statism, and our national treasury to foreign coffers, our closest allies would still complain that President Chomsky was not being globally sensitive enough. And VP Jim McDermott would agree with them.

Posted by: c at October 16, 2004 at 04:06 AM

What a joke. Two days after the attacks leftists around the world were holding "teach ins" to determine the best way to use the attacks to their political advantage. Judging from the results they decided that pretending the attacks were in retaliation for their pet cause-of-the-week was the best course.

Sympathy? Must have missed that.

Posted by: mj at October 16, 2004 at 04:17 AM

Perhaps these European "allies" should reflect on how they squandered the U.S.'s feelings of benign indifference towards them.

I mean, before we just didn't care much about Europe at all, except as a vacation spot with quaint customs and rude locals. Now a fair amount of us despise it.

Let's put it this way - if something should happen to Paris on a par of 9/11, don't expect a whole lot of "We Are All French Now" sentiments over here.

Posted by: Percy Dovetonsils at October 16, 2004 at 04:28 AM

Here here, Percy. Although I think an attack on France will drive us just the same. "we are all french now" is fanciful though. We'll save them anyway... gratuity not included.

Posted by: AuSkeptic at October 16, 2004 at 04:51 AM

What I would find intriguing to watch, though, is France having to chase down terrorists without pissing off any of its client states. The ensuing political contortions would be a thing for the ages.

Posted by: PW at October 16, 2004 at 05:15 AM

If the price of European sympathy is American groveling I for one refuse to pay it.
Frankly sympathy is useless in this fight. I'd rather have support (thank you Australia!) any time.

Posted by: BMC at October 16, 2004 at 06:00 AM

Just remember, as Ben Franklin or someone said, "a friend in need is a pest indeed." Those bastards will come around again, hat in hand, as soon as they need our help. And, being who we are, we'll probably help the useless bastards. I say, let's send them (France and Germany and any other whiners) the bill for the Marshal Plan, plus interest(we could also consider billing the cost of the Cold War in Europe -- after all, they don't have to speak Russian, do they?), and tell them to STFU until they pay up.

Posted by: JorgXMcKie at October 16, 2004 at 08:59 AM

America can never win. It cops flak for both action and inaction. But it's always expected to be the world's main benefactor and heavy lifter.

Posted by: Big Johnny at October 16, 2004 at 11:50 AM

Sympathy comes between shit and syphilis in the dictionary. Who needs sympathy, it sure as hell won't feed the baby.

Posted by: Harry in Atlanta at October 16, 2004 at 05:09 PM

George Bush has squandered a wealth of sympathy (NO DISTAIN) around the world towards America.
He's shoved it right back up their noses!
Now the leftoids hate him passionately.

And that is a good thing: better to be hated than distained.
The more hate is sprouted by the eurabian media, the more americans will vote for BUSH!
It worked in Australia and it will work in the US.

Posted by: davo at October 16, 2004 at 06:59 PM

And also, people, the USA has the support and friendship of freedom-minded people all over the world. I'm sure in every single country in the world there are people applauding the resolve and braveness of Americans. With Bush, you earned the respect and friendship of freedom-loving, decent, and well informed people all around (same goes for the Gipper, ahhhh the Gipper, he sure is in Heaven right now). With French Waffles you would have the support (very condicioned, to be sure) of all the weasels, whinners, cowards, enemies of freedom, and so forth. It's yours to choose. God bless the USA! :)

Posted by: Miguel at October 16, 2004 at 08:12 PM