Mr. Medienkritik; resourceful as always, digs up this doozy http://medienkritik.typepad.com/blog/2005/05/without_sheddin.html, from German Ambassador to the United States Wolfgang Ischinger, as quoted in The New Yorker, 5/30/05:
As older societies, we tend to think of ourselves as more experienced in the way societies evolve, and we tend to be skeptical of Americans who seem to think that if you believe hard enough, and you muster enough resources, you can change the world."
"In the last year or so, as we've engaged in discussions about the transformation of the Middle East and democracy, I have told my American friends that the region in this world that has seen the most transformation and change is Central and Eastern Europe--without shedding a drop of blood. So don't preach to us."
Please click the link, as David Medienkritik takes you through a quick photoessay, of what this so-called ambassador calls, without a drop of sarcasm, a bloodless transformation. Unless, of course, he was refering to Europe's decline from an economic and international powerhouse to a broken bunch of semi-socialist states, vainly attempting to tie their fate together via a "union" that allows them to feed off each other's carcasses until the bitter, inevitable end.
Note that the above-mentioned European Union's constitution is about to be voted down by the countries whom leaders were the most vocally in favor of it. As leftists usually do, they are beginning to realize the mistake of allowing people the right to vote on their schemes. From Samizdata http://www.samizdata.net/blog/archives/007592.html :
If the French and the Dutch reject the EU Constitution on Sunday and Wednesday, they should re-run the referendums, the current president of the EU, Jean-Claude Juncker, has said.
"If at the end of the ratification process, we do not manage to solve the problems, the countries that would have said No, would have to ask themselves the question again", Mr Juncker said in an interview with Belgian daily Le Soir.
There is only one right answer, only one acceptable vote, you see...as told straight from the mouth of the EU's President....and who elected him, exactly?
Sounds like something right out of Orwell's "1984"!