I believe the French understand very well what the Iraqi people are going through and over the past years they have been trying to soften the situation for the Iraqi people as much as posible, by trying, along with other countries and institutions like the Unicef, to get more real humanitarian aid to the Iraqi people, instead of the US supported using of very large amounts of money of the "Food-for-Oil" project to pay off claims of Kuwaiti private companies.
Never mind that Iraq invaded and pillored Kuwait, eh, Schonerama?
Maybe the French do understand that, but so does the U.S. and so do the American people. And what has the Iraqi people gotten in return for France "softening" things for them? Nothing. Not a thing, except Saddam taking the aid to his military, and letting his own people rot.
I also believe though that the French see themselves as an alternative to the actual US dominance of world issues.
France does not have the political, economic nor military position in the world to be a true alternative to the U.S. Even with Germany in tow (what a historical irony that is), they don't match the U.S. on any three counts. That isn't blowing the U.S. horn, nor dissing France and Germany. It's just a cold, hard fact. In the long run ,they don't have the horses to be an alternative on a worldwide scale.
We both know that throughout Europe there is great resistance amongst the public, to simply follow the US in this War on Terror, as many people believe that: a) This is firstly a UN Security Council issue..
How is an attack on American soil an issue for the Security Council? It's an issue for the United States.
.. b) No links between Iraq and al-Qa'ida have been proved yet..
Agreed, but Europe was already getting squirrly on the War on Terror before the Iraq issue came back up.
c) Attacking Iraq, either with or without UNSC backing, will destabilize the whole Middle-East region and will only create more terror than it is supposed to stop
Oh, now you're saying you don't accept it EVEN IF
the Security Council authorizes force? Is that the feeling throughout Europe, that, no matter what, force is not necessary? So, either way, Europe thinks Saddam should just remain where he is, just to avoid war?
Obviously, it is always posible the French (or German or the Americans) know something we don't know. But up until now, my idea is that the French and Germans have been honest.
Oh, grow up, Schonerama! The governments don't tell you or me 1/100th of what is going on! It's more than POSSIBLE, Schonerama, it's the way it is.
And so nice of you to tell us, that despite the fact you and I know squat about what goes beyond behind closed doors, that France and Germany have halos over their heads in this matter. I find that amusing, indeed. France and Germany have bene out to do one thing-advance the interests of France and Germany-just as the U.S. is doing. That means, somewhere along the line, some little white lies are being floated by EVERYONE.
France and Germany aren't as pure as the driven snow in this affair. You're naive to believe that.