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Moldova - centre of world hopes for peace

From today's Financial Times:

Europe And US Are Lost On Road Map To Nowhere, By Gideon Rachman

In a crisis people fall back on familiar instincts. So, as the fighting in the Middle East escalated, the Americans defended Israel, the French condemned Israel, the British searched for the middle ground and the United Nations called for restraint. The Group of Eight in Moscow nonetheless managed to issue a joint statement. But this facade of unity could soon crack. The fighting has broken out at a time when Americans and Europeans were already facing an unusual number of serious and worsening security threats. The latest – and possibly gravest – crisis will severely test an unheralded new period of transatlantic co-operation, which had been quietly closing the divisions opened up over Iraq.

On the day the Israelis began to bomb Beirut airport, I met a European Union diplomat in Brussels. In an effort to lighten the gloom, I asked him if he could think of a part of the world where western diplomacy was working well. After a long silence, he said: “Moldova”.


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Jul. 18th, 2006 12:27 pm (UTC)
I am not in fact a diplomat!
Jul. 18th, 2006 02:49 pm (UTC)
Wow. That's something I did indeed need to hear at the start of this particular day.
Jul. 18th, 2006 03:05 pm (UTC)
I'll take good news where-ever I can find it, even the FT. ;-)
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