If you are blown up by Al Qaeda's new deadly chemical bombs (Blowback in Iraq), don't expect a lot of sympathy in Europe.
If your parents or relatives are blown up in a Tel Aviv eatery don't expect a lot of tears from Europe, either.
For the European left, the US and Israel are the problem.
Take a look at An Upside-Down World (The British far left makes common cause with Muslim reactionaries) BY NICK COHEN.
"As al Qaeda, the Baathists and Shiite Islamists slaughter thousands, there is virtually no sense that their successes are our defeats. Iraqi socialists and trade unionists I know are close to despair. They turn for support to Europe, the home of liberalism, feminism and socialism, and find that rich democrats, liberals and feminists won't help them or even acknowledge their existence."
Mr. Cohen is a columnist for the Observer and The New Statesman. He is also the author of What's Left? How Liberals Lost Their Way.
For the European left, it's tough to cheer for anyone liberated by the US. This is odd since most of these European lefties were liberated by US troops in 1945. During the Cold War, their freedoms were guaranteed by US tanks in the old West Germany and the awesome US Mediterranean Fleet.
We see the same phenomenon with the world's feminists. Where were the feminists when women voted in Afghanistan or Iraq? Again, they don't want to cheer for women liberated by the US. (Where are the feminists?)
This is the state of the new left. It is anti-American because it no longer shares our values, such as freedom. The left would rather be in bed with people who blow up innocents than the soldiers who defend them. The left would rather cheer for people who do not believe in basic women's rights!
This is not anti-Americanism. This is insanity. As Mr. Cohen indicates:
"I hope conservative American readers come to Britain. But if you do, expect to find an upside-down world. People who call themselves liberals or leftists will argue with you, and when they have finished you may experience the strange realization that they have become far more reactionary than you have ever been."