Re: Why has America lost its standing in the world?

Sallai Meridor: Well I painfully have to admit that I cannot understand it.  And I don’t have a good explanation to give to you.  Take Europe.  Europe was saved by America.  Europe today is more threatened than America by this very dangerous trend of Muslim extremism.  Just a few days ago, we had a terror attack in London in Glasgow.  And this was not the first one.  You had the ones we had in Madrid.  So Europeans are subject to . . . or have been subject not less than Americans.  Add to that fact that in Europe, you have significant Muslim minorities that are being incited by those radical Islamists in different ways – through the Internet, through special TV stations operated either with support of Iran or independently.  And they are creating a major problem for Europe itself in terms of how their own Muslim population will integrate or not integrate into their own societies.  Iran is now developing missiles that would easily hit Europe.  So having said all that, you would have expected first Europe to be much more cooperative and responsible in addressing the threats, and much more appreciative of the United States’ behavior and leadership in this context.  So I guess that what I did was share with you my frustration; but I’m afraid that I did not give you a good enough explanation to a behavior I fail to understand.

Meridor compares the European approach to terrorism with the approach of the United States.

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