From: "Pedro Martori"
Subject: everybody wants saddam out ! THE WORLD WILL FOLLOW US TO WAR
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Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2002 12:03:30 -0400
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everybody wants Saddam out !
THE WORLD WILL FOLLOW US TO WAR
By Jeff Jacoby
The Boston Globe
September 29, 2002
Less than two minutes into his speech at San Francisco's
Commonwealth Club last week, Al Gore said he was "deeply
concerned" that the Bush administration's policy toward Iraq will
"weaken our ability to lead the world."
It was a point he kept repeating. America's ability to
secure "broad and continuous international cooperation" in the
war against terrorism, he said, would be "severely damaged by
unilateral action against Iraq." Unlike during the Gulf War,
"many of our allies in Europe and Asia are thus far opposed to
what President Bush is doing." Bush has "squandered" the
"sympathy, goodwill, and solidarity that followed the attacks of
Sept. 11th and converted it [sic] into anger and apprehension."
He has conducted foreign policy "at the expense of solidarity . .
. between America and her allies."
This is hardly a new argument (though it is new for the
former vice president, who as recently as February was calling
for a "final reckoning" with Saddam's regime, which he labeled "a
virulent threat in a class by itself"). Is there any Bush critic
who *hasn't* claimed that the administration's determination to
oust Saddam was costing us the support of the rest of the world?
Here, for instance, is an August editorial in The New York
Times, which has been beating the no-war drum for months: "Rarely
in preparing for war has America seemed so isolated from
potential military partners and allies as it does today."
And here is Democratic partisan James Carville, railing on
CNN the other night: "Let me tell you something. The Koreans
hate us. Now the Germans. . . . You know what? If we had a
foreign policy that tried to get people to like us, as opposed to
irritating everybody in the damn world, it would be a lot better
thing. . . . Our foreign policy makes it where people don't like
And Senator John Kerry, scolding the president in a recent
op-ed column: "The administration's hasty war talk makes it much
more difficult to manage our relations with other Arab
governments, let alone the Arab street. . . . The administration
seems to have elevated Saddam Hussein in the eyes of his
neighbors to a level he would never have achieved on his own."
There is just one problem with this argument. It isn't true.
To be sure, not every country favors a US war on Iraq. The
French are against it, in keeping with their old habit of
accommodating dictators instead of fighting them. More
surprisingly, the Germans are against it too. In his re-election
campaign, Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder repeatedly denounced
Bush's war plans, and was backed up by other members of his
Social Democratic Party. Justice Minister Herta Daeubler-Gmelin
reportedly likened Bush's rhetoric to Adolf Hitler's; Ludwig
Stiegler, the SDP leader in the German parliament, said Bush was
"acting as if he's Caesar Augustus."
But no sooner was Schroeder returned to office than he forced
Daeubler-Gmelin to resign and stripped Stiegler of his party
post. Why? If the prospect of a US war against Saddam is truly
"irritating everybody in the damn world," the victorious
Schroeder would hardly feel the need to take such drastic steps
to appease Washington. It is precisely because the world is
lining up behind Bush, not against him, that Schroeder is so keen
to mend fences.
Consider some recent developments:
At a summit meeting in Copenhagen, Italian Prime Minister
Silvio Berlusconi staunchly backs the US call for regime change
in Baghdad. At the United Nations, the Portuguese foreign
minister says the option of war with Iraq "must be open," and
that it is a great mistake for any nation to blame the United
States for preparing to fight. On Sept. 12, Spanish Prime
Minister José Maria Aznar declares, "If I have to choose between
the camp of freedom and the camp of tyranny or . . . between
President Bush or Saddam Hussein, I have no doubt which is my
place or what Spain's place should be."
East of Elbe, meanwhile, support for Bush is even stronger.
For good reason: East Europeans have vivid, recent memories of
what it means to live under a dictatorship -- and what it means
like to be liberated.
Thus Czech President Vaclav Havel warns that Saddam must be
defeated, recalling that "if the world had resisted Hitler sooner
. . . World War II might not have happened." Bulgaria, which
currently holds the rotating presidency of the UN Security
Council, pronounces the US case against Saddam "quite
convincing." Romania offers the use of its airspace in any
action against Iraq. Count on it: When the American war to
topple Saddam begins, most of Europe will follow.
And what of the Arab world?
Well, Qatar has indicated it would welcome a request from the
United States to use its Al Udeid Air Base to launch an attack on
Baghdad. Jordan has reportedly agreed to let US forces target
Iraqi missile batteries from positions in the eastern Jordanian
desert. Egypt, Kuwait, and Turkey likewise have reportedly
consented to provide logistical assistance to a US-led campaign
against Saddam. Even Saudi Arabia, reversing its earlier stance,
now says it will permit its bases to be used against Iraq.
All that talk of how the "Arab street" will explode if
America marches on Baghdad and how Bush, as Kerry put it, "has
elevated Saddam in the eyes of his neighbors"? Forget it. "Over
the past few weeks," reports the Iranian-born journalist Amir
Taheri, "Arab opposition to military action against Saddam
Hussein has crumbled. . . . In visits from one end of the Arab
world to another, one finds little evidence of any grassroots
support for Saddam."
It is easy and tempting to grouse about the United States.
But when the superpower goes to war, no one wants to be on the
losing side. The war to liberate Iraq will be no exception.
(Jeff Jacoby is a columnist for The Boston Globe.)
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