This is Radio Europe II
From my conversations here, most of our European friends (Note: I am in the Chocolate-Making Zone) feel pity and vexation about the plight of US Liberals. No one wants America's economic engine to fail. Everyone I meet between 50 and 80 remembers how America used to be: most are retired engineers and businessmen who remember fondly their visits to Chicago and Buffalo and New York of a bygone era but they grit their teeth every morning and evening as they read the news.
Across the age spectrum, I haven't met a single individual who approves of Bush. How many ways can you translate, _appalled_ ? From retirees to waitresses to taxi drivers to high-tech executives to young professionals, opinion is unanimous. It is as if Europe was counting on the US as a partner and they now realize that we are travelling down separate paths. Europe must go it alone. They know it is going to be tough--they quaver at the right-wing genies emerging in every parliament, liberated by the Republicans and possibly on the take.
Here was today's conversation:
Nur: Our Congress should cancel the War Powers transferred to Bush since there were never any WMDs.
Béart: How can they cancel an illegality? Only your Congress has the right to declare war.
That's it. How can we escape from the accomplices and the enablers?