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November 13, 2002

AMERICAN DIPLOMATS SOURING ON EUROPE?

Well, the Europeans may still be able to count on the sympathies and cultural deference of many East Coast journalists, but something has shifted among the diplomats, the think tanks and even many of the academics. At a think-tank meeting last week, when a European diplomat asked rather patronizingly what all these American weapons were actually for, a renowned liberal academic simply quoted Kipling's line about "Making mock of uniforms that guard you while you sleep." And then he turned on his heel and walked away.

When liberal academics start quoting Kipling, the world has changed. And the Europeans, as usual, are the last to figure it out.