The Greek presidency of the EU has on its sie a vote forum on EU policy to the Iraq crisis. Dammit, with these results if I didn't live here I would go into shame induced purdah.
Note the resultsd for these choice questions.
1. There are a number of different actors involved in the crisis on Iraq. Rate your general feeling about each on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being very favorable and 10 being very unfavorable.
Iraq - Very favourable 9.5 percent
Very unfavourable 22.1
USA - Very favourable 15.2 percent
Very unfavourable 54.4 percent
Uh!! I just cannot compute those figures, I try reason, prejudice, whatever I try anything that my life and training has prepared me for and I still don't get it. America - leave us, just forget about us and in 50 years consider recolonising us again. We do not deserve the freedom that you have earnt with your blood, Sorry but its time for you to let us rot.
5 Given what you know about the situation today, do you think an attack on Iraq is justified?
Yes - 6.7 percent
No - 97.3 percent
6. Do you believe that Iraq currently has biological or chemical weapons, or other weapons of mass destruction?
Yes - 54.4 percent
No - 28 percent
So he has them but we should do nothing about it.
8. Based on what you know now, which comes closest to your view? If there is a war with Iraq:
i. My country should join with the US and others and send troops - 3.5 percent
iv. My country should support Iraq - 2.3 percent
v. My country should use diplomatic means instead of military force - 82.4 percent
9. If a war happens, the 15 countries of the European Union will all be affected in some way. Which comes closest to your view?
iii. There needs to be a common EU policy that everyone agrees with, before any significant actions are taken - 75 percent
So there you have it, simply put the reason why America need never listen to Europe ever again. We think they are dangerous, we won't do anything about it, we should sit around discussing it and we should wait for Europe to come up with a joint policy that everybody here agrees with before we do anything anyway. (And how long would that be - about as long as a Commission communique on frozen peas)