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The US and Europe

Replying to European criticism of US foreign policy, Paul Simon of the State Department says: "I opened the International Herald Tribune last night. There was a big article about anti-American feeling in South Korea, the usual stuff about this and that person rejecting "American hegemony", etc. Simultaneously, there were articles like "Bush backs Saudi peace plan", "US freezes funding for Basque terrorists", and mentions of the US efforts to encourage economic reform in Japan. I read no mention of any criticism of any EU state, nor any mention of any positive action by them. I don't think any comment is necessary".

My unnecessary comment: This may reflect the fact the world recognizes the importance of what the US does. At least there were some favorable articles on that.

Ronald Hilton - 3/9/02