Thursday, February 24, 2005

# Posted 2:45 AM by Ariel David Adesnik  

ACTUALLY, JOSH, I WOULD TAKE THAT POLL QUITE SERIOUSLY: I think it provides yet another indication of the degree to which European attitudes toward the United States (and Israel) are founded on an extremely distorted view of reality.

To be sure, the American public often displays a distressing ignorance of basic facts about world affairs. Yet liberals and leftists on both sides of the Atlantic often suggest that American ignorance is a unique phenomenon and that, if Americans were better informed, they would stop voting Republican and start thinking like Europeans.

But the real issue isn't information. It is values. Americans and Europeans have a lot in common, but also plenty to divide them. And the way to overcome that divide is not to dismiss others as ignorant, but to search for compromises that satisfy us both.
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