September 19, 2003
I got a few words into an editorial on Germany helping in Iraq today, thinking it was just some random guy's opinion that Germany was going to eventually side with the U.S. However, when I got to the 2nd sentence, it sounded kind of authoritative. I looked at the author, and lo-and-behold, it was written by Gerhard Schroder, the chancellor of Germany.That's one cool thing about reading the NY Times -- some pretty notable people will write editorials in it sometimes. I've seen writings from Colin Powell, Condoleeza Rice, and others. For some reason, I feel closer to them when I read something of theirs in the newspaper. It's almost like they're at my level and not some mythical creature in Washington.That said, I think it's also rather significant and encouraging that Chancellor Schroder is now saying that he's putting aside the differences over Iraq II, and is willing to supply (much needed, IMO) troops. That will help a lot to patch the trans-atlantic rift that has been created. Now we just need France to humble itself a little. Admittedly, they may have some reason to gloat, but I agree that it's time for them to put that behind them and help with the reconstruction.
Posted by charr at 9:21 AM