Thursday, March 13, 2003
Friends and foesFrance is making friends:
As the United States tried to force a U.N. vote this week, the fissure in Europe over Iraq deepened Thursday: France rejected a British-proposed compromise resolution and London angrily accused Paris of pushing the world closer to war.
... and enemies:
In shockingly blunt language for allies, British officials assailed their French counterparts for blocking efforts to set a deadline for Iraq to disarm. Britain accused France of rejecting its proposal without considering it.
And there you have it. The bottom line in this issue has nothing to do with whether or not Saddam is in compliance. It's all about power, or the new world order. France is simply trying frustrate things, and we are letting them succeed. If they really wanted to come to an agreement in the UNSC, they wouldn't pre-emptively veto any and all resolutions introduced by the US or Britain --and then turn around and offer one of their own.
Oh, and let's not forget France's "interests" in Iraq.
Dominique de Villepin's constant reference to this mythical "automatic war", and "rush to war", is like fingernails on a blackboard. Is 12 years a "rush"? Are these idle attempts at diplomacy considered "automatic war"?
Felicitation a Paris! Saddam is on your side!
Now Messrs. Bush and Blair-- let's roll.
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