ahoo.com">Timothy Roscoe Carter at November 20, 2002 02:28 PM

Havel seems to be one of those rare guys who actually live up to their reputation. Everytime I have heard him speak or read something he's written I've been impressed. Especially since he seems to always call it like it is.

Posted by: Scott at November 20, 2002 05:35 PM

>>Where but on European soil, for that matter, can America find a spiritually closer ally or partner in the future?

Australia.

Posted by: Pete S. at November 20, 2002 07:20 PM

I'd agree fully, if he made it "eastern European soil."

Posted by: Rand Simberg at November 21, 2002 09:09 PM

>>Where but on European soil, for that matter, can America find a spiritually closer ally or partner in the future?

Quite a few places, I think. Is there any country that is a worse ally to the US than Germany is?

Posted by: Jeremy at November 22, 2002 12:19 PM

Yes - France, though at the moment it's hard to split the difference.

Posted by: Clem Snide at November 23, 2002 01:22 AM

I think Havel's reference to some other country on some other "continent" points to China. The US should be more actively Asia-friendly; not assuaging China but getting Japan and China and Myanmar in particular to feel comfortable at the same table, so the US doesn't get torn in a decade or two if China becomes right-wing nationalist or vengeance-obsessed. As for eastern Europe, the US has been almost comically popular their at various times, and even an unremarkable man like Shrub finds Lithuanians and Romanians cheering for him. Too bad that they aren't nearly as important as the far east or Syria, Sudan, etc.

Posted by: gregor at November 23, 2002 10:35 AM
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