A few years ago, Europe was saturated in anti-Americanism, due in large part to the War on Terror and liberation of Iraq. Perhaps many people in ‘old Europe’ still have mixed emotions about the U.S.
But it seems, fortunately, that since then sanity has gained momentum on both sides of the Atlantic. Gone are the days of Freedom Fries and large-scale demonstrations. Instead we have a Democratic-led Congress, a new Secretary of Defense; we have Merkel and Sarkozy working for no-nonsense trade agreements; we have a EU-US open-skies agreement, and we have greater faith in NATO.
The fact is, Europe and North America are tied together, for better and worse; politically, culturally, economically, and historically. The rise of China, India, Latin America, or the Middle East will not change that. Neither will Islamic terrorists or McCarthy-ish islamophobes.
The bond between our two continents is strong, and should stay that way. Having grown up in the U.S., it is a part of me personally, and my mind always wanders West on this day. But even without that connection, I believe we should be grateful together for the good that has come to both Europe and America from a long-standing friendship.