The good is that a small majority of Europeans believe military action is an option in stopping the Mullahs’ nukes. The bad is they want someone else to do the dirty work.
A survey commissioned by the pro-business think tank, Open Europe, found that a majority of those surveyed in 18 EU member states including France and Britain, backed military action as an option in dealing with the threat of Iranian nuclear proliferation, while majorities in 9 nations including Germany and Spain were opposed.
However, the April 4 survey of more than 17,000 Europeans in March conducted by the French polling firm TNS-Sofres found little support for increasing military expenditures to counter or contain the threat.
That’s a shame, because keeping the Mullahs at bay requires a BMD system, and taking them out will needs lots of cruise missiles and ballistic missiles with kinetic warheads. The Euros have none of the above, because their % defense spend is half that of the US.
So I guess they expect either the hated Amis or Jews to do it.
There’s a small ray of hope for the Brits – they recognize they have a problem:
Questioned as to the threat their countries faced from “Islamic fundamentalism”, European opinion was more diverse. While 58 percent over all agreed militant Islam was a serious threat, the national responses ranged from 71 percent in Britain, 66 percent in Germany, 64 percent in France, to 24 percent in Latvia…
But, as we’ve seen, they’re quite weak militarily:
Between 2000 and 2006 real military expenditures grew by more than 40 percent in the US, not including supplemental appropriations for the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. According to NATO figures, during the same period defense spending declined in Germany and Italy, and grew by only five percent in France and six percent in Britain.