(By Ray D.)
Read the following excerpts from an outstanding recent Wall Street Journal opinion piece and decide for yourself...
"Europe's 'Moral Outrage'
December 1, 2005
Europe is enthralled by another American "torture scandal." Governments demand
the truth behind allegations, first made by the Washington Post last month, that
the CIA has operated covert prisons in Europe and secretly transported terrorist
suspects through European airports. Human Rights Watch claims to have located
the prisons in "New Europe" -- Poland and Romania.
The outrage on the Continent is deafening. Franco Frattini, the normally
level-headed European Commissioner for Justice, threatened "serious
consequences," including the unprecedented "suspension of voting rights" in the
European Union for the Poles and Romanians if the allegations prove true. After
all, "European values" would have been violated.
It is difficult to comment on the substance of the allegations because there
isn't much substance at the moment. Both the Romanian and Polish governments
have denied the reports, while Washington promised to look into the case. So for
the time being, there are only allegations and a lot of moral outrage. That
moral posturing, though, deserves a closer look.
We'd be the first to applaud Europeans for finally concerning themselves with
moral principles instead of commercial interests. Many of the Middle East's
problems, including terrorism, would be easier solved if Europe were seriously
concerned about morality. Europe would no longer be Iran's No. 1 trading
partner, and its companies wouldn't be able to attend trade fairs in Sudan
Unlike American companies -- recently defamed in Germany as "(blood) suckers"
and "locusts" by the former government -- European firms are quite busy in
Sudan. The chamber of commerce and industry in Stuttgart has enthused over what
great opportunities Sudan's oil resources offer to German companies.
Lest people think they are doing something morally reprehensible, the salesmen
from Stuttgart prefer to describe the massacres of black Africans in Darfur as
"political disturbances." The German economics ministry, which sponsored the
German pavilion at last February's trade fair in Sudan, will also support next
February's event, the chamber of commerce assures its members.
Where is the outrage? How does that jibe with supposed European values?
Or who in Europe has heard of Soghra, an Iranian woman sentenced in October to
death by stoning for adultery? Or Mokhtar N. and Ali A., hanged last month in a
public square in Iran for homosexuality?
In much of Europe's public debate, the true meaning of human rights has
degenerated into a tool that gives anti-Americanism an aura of legitimacy. The
real, horrendous human-rights violations in the Middle East, North Korea, China,
Cuba, etc., are largely ignored or relegated to news blurs on the back pages.
For front-page coverage, you need an American angle." (emphasis ours)
That last paragraph really hit the nail on the head. Go read the entire thing. If you haven't already subscribed to the Wall Street Journal Online, now is the time to do so. These guys are true pros. They obviously recognize a good thing when they see it. Hopefully they will continue the very necessary task of exposing the hypocrisy and holier-than-thou superiority complex of the left-wing Eurosnob elite.