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|TW, I see what you are saying in the abstract--I disagree with your premise-- but for the sake of argument, let's say the states of the Confederacy appeal to the Europeans for assistance as independent powers invaded by the United States. What exactly do you think the Europeans are going to do? Do you really think they are going to step in on this side of the Atlantic to support a confederation fighting for the declared right to continue chattel slavery. Remember the British pride themselves on being the leaders of the anti-slavery movement in the western hemisphere. The British have absolutely no motive to do so. The only comparable intervention would be the Crimean War, and they intervened in the Crimea only to secure the Bosphorus straits. The British have no love for the South except as far as cheap cotton will get them. Southerners are the ones who, in their eyes, have upset the balance of power on this side of the Atlantic (filibustering in Central America, the Mexican War, attempting to annex Cuba, etc.) No matter how the Confederacy represents itself, the Europeans are not going to intervene until they have no other choice. Cheers!