Thursday, March 13, 2003
Thoughts about current events
I don't get it, and I'm getting so frustrated. What is this crap that the "inspections are working"??? Have the people who make this claim even read UNSC Resolution 1441? Or any of the UNSC's resolutions on Iraq thus far? (I'm sure they've been translated into French.)
If they had, they would realize that the inspections have done their job: they've proven that Iraq has not disarmed-- they have not complied. The inspectors are NOT there to sniff for weapons. They are there to verify Iraq's disarmament-- all Iraq has to do is show proof. At the UNSC meeting on Friday, one of the ministers (I can't remember who off the top of my head-- either Palacio or Straw) said that deceit and lies take time, while the truth, being easy, can be shown immediately. In other words, this game has gone on for far too long.
Saddam has thumbed his nose at the international community for 12 years. He has violated the terms of the 1991 cease fire agreement with the US-led coalition. If that's not reason enough to boot him, I don't know what is. He has violated numerous UNSC resolutions since 1991 and is making the UN really look and sound like a bunch of bumbling idiots. I will respect the UN when they all agree and say that the world will be a safer place without Saddam in power. To leave him in power will be irresponsible to the world. The only way out of this is an invasion, or for him to step down. (Yet I believe that his stepping down would be useless unless he is brought to justice for his crimes against humanity. Why let him live a luxurious life in Paris after all the pain and suffering he has caused to millions of people?)
But Saddam has been successful in one thing: bringing out the new world order. The French are starting to sound like whining has-beens (though, have they ever been?), worried about their secondary place in the world. They obviously aren't comfortable with the US as superpower. But if they really thought about it, they could be part of this superpower's inner circle, if only they would work with us instead of so actively against us. That's where Tony Blair has been brilliant. He is carving out a place in the world for Britain. Britain, as long as they don't go wobbly on us, will be a partner. How could we not consult with them in the future on issues of world security and peace initiatives after their actions over the past few years? They are standing by us, we will stand by them. Jacque ChIraq is missing a golden opportunity, and he is carving a place in the world for France: irrelevance.
It's time for the US to stop worrying about what these imbecile nations think of us, and to do what's right. If we go into Iraq, it will not be unilaterally (30+ nations does not = unilateral), and those who are opposed should be shut out of any post-war rebuilding. I'm just so tired of waiting, and I'm so tired of our government doing backflips for "diplomacy." This, my friends, is not diplomacy. It's political blackmail. Let's face it, everybody else needs us more than we need them (I'm a typical arrogant American, no?), so let's get on with this and let the cards fall where they may.
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