Should We Expect Anything More (Or Less)

Gerard Baker gives Europe a gold medal for defeatism in Georgia.

Once again, the Europeans, and their friends in the pusillanimous wing of the US Left, have demonstrated that, when it come to those postmodern Olympian sports of synchronized self-loathing, team hand-wringing and lightweight posturing, they know how to sweep gold, silver and bronze.

There’s a routine now whenever some unspeakable act of aggression is visited upon us or our allies by murderous fanatics or authoritarian regimes. While the enemy takes a victory lap, we compete in a shameful medley relay of apologetics, defeatism and surrender.

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There’s something odd about listening to European governments speak about the futility of diplomacy. They are the ones who usually insist that military force alone can achieve little and who say that diplomacy must be given a chance. But now they seem to say that, since we can’t stop Russia militarily, there is nothing else we can do.

They’re wrong, as usual. As Baker points out, there are steps that can be taken — such as restoring the G8 to the G7, rejection of WTO membership. Russia still looks to be seen as a responsible member of the world community even as it acts so irresponsibly. This provides a means of punishing them, although not without costs and consequences to Europe and the US. However, the Europeans default position is inaction, whatever its consequences.

via RCP

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