GDB: But at least Blair actually believes that he is doing the right thing.
The iraqi civilians about to be killed will surely appreciate that.
GDB: If France does join an attack on Iraq, and their are signs that they may very well do just that, what will Chirac say to the French people and the rest of the EU?
He´d have a bit of explaining to do. But there´s a point when walking over the smoldering remains of the UN might not be the big issue any more. Still, Russia and China don´t
seem to see themselves among the raiding party
GDB: He could try being honest (for once in his life), and say that he fears France's current and potentially much bigger commercial contracts with Iraq will be lost, and he needs to build some bridges with the US, after the frankly rather tedious, kneejerk, 'non' attitude, just to play to the domestic gallery.
It might well be down to that. But I don´t see the point, really. With the abundance of opportunism
all around, that won´t really tip the scale. One snip of a finger in Washington, and half of Europe´s leaders are on their knees... Most excellent
GDB: As for Germany's Chancellor, he at least can say he was always against dealing with Saddam, regardless of the fact he blatantly used this most serious situation just to get himself re-elected.
He blatantly said and did (and continues
to say and do) what the overwhelming majority
of his population thinks is right. How dare
GDB: So the cohesion of EU and NATO is less important than his political career? And they wonder why they don't get listened to in Washington.
I think you´re making the same mistake that has contributed a lot to the US reaction: This is more
than just looking for gains in popularity
. We´re witnessing the dismantling of the UN
. And it is indeed possible
that modern Germany is more serious
about the rule of law
and more suspicious
about the rule of power
than anybody else. Experience can
be an asset, at times.
It is a big mistake to believe that this is just "Gerd´s private show". It most certainly isn´t
. Gerhard Schröder´s popularity has actually reached unprecedented lows
right now (mainly due to the perceived economical
situation, by the way), while his green foreign minister - who, if anything, has a more
pronounced position on the Iraq matter - has his approval ratings soaring ever higher above every other politician in Germany and hardly anybody
advocating the submission to the Bush position.
The contemptuous statements coming from Mr. Rumsfeld and Mr. Perle have not really helped matters at all. The question is getting louder: "Do they want allies or vassals?"
And it seems it´s becoming a purely rethorical
These things are not as superficial as you might think. I think there is a strong element of self-deception
in many premature reactions from the outside. Just please keep looking for what´s really