Rebutting A European

Rebutting A European

Horner Letter In The Washington Times
December 17, 2002

Austrian Thomas Mohr ("America envy does not explain European anti-war sentiment," Letters, yesterday) offers a European perspective in disagreement with Jay Ambrose's "Motivation miscalculation" (Commentary, Sunday), which is the finest piece I have yet seen by Mr. Ambrose. Citing "the Bush administration's rejection of Kyoto, the International Criminal Court and other occasions for multilateralism," Mr. Mohr defends the reasonableness of the Europeans' "simply not trust[ing] the United States." An odd selection of poster children, given the very different reality.

European "Rome Statute" negotiators refused to allow express protection against abusing the International Criminal Court (ICC) for political prosecution of American servicemen and leaders: This was not their intent, so we should trust them. It turns out that they have indeed impaneled an ICC equivalent of the grand jury, inquiring into possible pursuit of President Clinton for his actions related to Kosovo (even though events before July of this year by the Rome Statute's own terms do not appear subject to ICC jurisdiction). Regarding Kyoto, all that need be said was said by a European Union official, Environment Commissioner Margot Wallstrom, in the face of collapsing "global warming" science: "[Kyoto] is about trying to create a level playing field for big businesses throughout the world. You have to understand what is at stake, and that is why it is serious" (quoted by the Independent of London, March 19). So, Europeans can't trust us?

Furthermore, a quick review of the facts yields information that China and Russia have agreed to no costly obligations under Kyoto, and both reject the ICC. Are these the next stops on the European Union's "I can't trust you" tour? No. As Mr. Ambrose detailed, the union's anti-U.S. sniveling is mere "chaf[ing] at American wealth, power and influence they think should be theirs."

Christopher C. HornerSenior FellowCompetitive Enterprise InstituteWashington