Mars and Venus
9:37 AM, Sep 6, 2011 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
The German Marshall Fund has released data from its annual Transatlantic Trends survey. The most striking finding: “there remains a very strong transatlantic difference of opinion over whether war is sometimes necessary to obtain justice, with 75% of U.S. participants agreeing with that concept compared to only 33% of European participants.”
As Bob Kagan famously put it several years ago, “Americans are from Mars, Europeans are from Venus.” It’s also interesting that the only EU country polled that has a majority willing to say war is sometimes necessary is Great Britain, whose numbers—64-32—put its people much closer to Americans in world view than to Europeans. The spirit of Thatcher (and Churchill?) may live. But what remains of the rest of the West?