- The Washington Times - Monday, July 9, 2001

Generals fight the last war, and so do those who make foreign policy. American foreign policy is wedded to Western Europe by a half-century of Cold War and is institutionalized in the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, and various and sundry "Atlanticists." Yet, Europe has radically altered. No longer a quaint collection of historical enemies, Western Europe in its new guise as the European Community is a crypto-fascist state.

The new class of international bureaucrats and lawyers who govern the new European state through regulations are no more politically accountable than was Adolf Hitler, and they enjoy media just as fawning. Questioning the New Europe is a sign of moral turpitude. Such people deserve to be shot, as protesters recently were at a EU summit in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Originally, the European Union was called the European Economic Community. It was meant to be a free trade zone comprised of independent countries. The new name signifies the political transformation of the original idea into a superstate with ideological aims.

The ideology of the European Union is anti-American. It champions a "third way," a form of redistributive communism without the political terror and economic irrationality that characterized the former Soviet Union. Many EU leaders are lifelong apologists for the Soviet Union.

The EU's anti-Americanism burst out all over during President George W. Bush's recent visit. Mr. Bush's politeness got him nowhere. He was publicly insulted by the (conservative) president of France and ridiculed by the French press. The Swedish prime minister and president of the EU, Goran Persson, lauded the EU to Mr. Bush's face as a counterweight to "U.S. world domination."

French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin and German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer are also outspoken in their dislike of American "barbarism." With England being led into the EU by Tony Blair, our Cold War allies have given way to a hostile superstate.

This hostility is finding expression in actions as well as words. During the last week of June, the World Trade Organization ruled for the EU against the U.S. in a case that will hurt Microsoft, General Electric and Boeing. On July 3 the EU blocked General Electric's purchase of Honeywell. This was the first time two U.S. companies were prevented from merging by European regulators. Americans can expect more economic aggression from the EU as sovereignty flows from national capitals into the hands of EU rulers.

Recently, Europeans helped countries notorious for human rights abuses to kick the U.S. off the U.N. Human Rights Commission. EU leaders will certainly use U.N. forums to campaign against the U.S., thus altering the balance of power in that institution.

Faced with a hostile European superstate, it would make sense for the U.S. to break out of its foreign policy rut and forge an alliance with Russia. Economically and politically weak, Russia remains a formidable presence because of its enormous collection of nuclear megatonnage.

Moreover, its economic and political weakness means that Russia, unlike Europe, needs the U.S. In place of hostile acts, such as expanding NATO to Russia's borders, the U.S. should take Russia under friendly tutelage. What worthier foreign policy goal than to help Russia succeed as a democratic capitalist country?

A successful American-Russian alliance would mute EU anti-Americanism and discourage the global regulation that is aimed at American economic success.

An American-Russian alliance would help to maintain peace in Europe. Sooner or later a former sovereign nationality is going to rebel against EU dictatorship. It is only a matter of time before there is a European civil war over secession. An American-Russian alliance could contain, if not forestall, such a war.

A realignment of American foreign policy interests requires foresight, a rare quality in political life. Working against such an alignment, American liberals will side with the EU, and American conservatives will cling to Europe until they are stabbed in the back many times. Saving Europe from Soviet communism was American conservatism's noble effort, and it will seem unpatriotic to align with former foe against former friends.

But times have changed. What hasn't changed is the biblical injunction that "where there is no vision, the people are lost."

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