Voici un extrait d'un échange de courriels avec mon ami Jaro, chef d'entreprise slovaque, qui traduit le sentiment dominant des pays du centre et de l'est de l'Europe nouvellement admis dans l'Union européenne sur le rôle des Etats-Unis en Europe :
"How do you want to guarantee peace for Slovakia ? Would France send 15.000 French soldiers to Slovakia ? And IF Slovakia is invaded (in the future) and French soldiers are shot in the process, that will mean France is in war ? Would France do that ? To pay 15,000 soldiers to be permanently in Slovakia ? No ? But the USA are ready to do that. US soldiers are in Poland, Hungary, Czech. rep., Slovakia. If someone invades Slovakia, he will have to shoot US soldiers - and that would mean a war with the USA. [...]
USA has interests in Europe. One example : there are 5 mil slovaks in Slovakia, but there are 7.5 mil Slovaks in the USA ! There are slovak senators, slovak businessmen, slovak lobby in the USA, slovak newspapers, slovak TV, some us cities are slovak (for example Cleveland). Everyone in Slovakia (or almost everyone) has a relative in the USA - my grand-mother was born in NY city too, my grand-father in Florida, brothers of my grand-mother still live in the USA, in Salt Lake City, Chicago, Florida. It's rather improbable to meet a slovak citizen who would be prejudiced against the americans, because we have a lot of relatives there".