Not to be confused with "colon-blogging"
After a week in Chapel Hill interviewing prospective InterVarsity staff, I'm on vacation for 4 days in Colorado. I've joined the party already in progress, as Doug, Sue, Justin, Kristin, Noah, Caleb, Walter, Morgan, Kellsey, and Aidan were already here.
Aidan, as you can see, was well prepared for the cold weather.
I've been catching up on my blogosphere favorites, and came across this piece in the Chicago Sun-Times via Instapundit.
Most administration officials subscribe to one of two views: a) Europe is a smugly irritating but irrelevant backwater; or b) Europe is a smugly irritating but irrelevant backwater where the whole powder keg's about to go up.I wonder: What does Sean Meade, my favorite Tom Barnett interpreter (of The Pentagon's New Map, fame) think of this article? And, WWTBS? (What Would Tom Barnett Say?) (See here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here, for Sean's major Tom Barnett posts during the past 3 months. And while I'm not quite yet a convert, it's still good reading!)
For what it's worth, I incline to the latter position. Europe's problems -- its unaffordable social programs, its deathbed demographics, its dependence on immigration numbers that no stable nation (not even America in the Ellis Island era) has ever successfully absorbed -- are all of Europe's making. . . .
Until the shape of the new Europe begins to emerge, there's no point picking fights with the terminally ill. The old Europe is dying, and Mr. Bush did the diplomatic equivalent of the Oscar night lifetime-achievement tribute at which the current stars salute a once glamorous old-timer whose fading aura is no threat to them. The 21st century is being built elsewhere.