As I said, there are several parties to be blamed. The behavior of the Russians is to be almost expected between LukOil, the GPS jammers and night vision goggles.
"uh wait, Schröder didn't like Hussein back in May 2002 already"
Uh, wait, the US has hated SH
"rampant American unilateralism "
Perhpas to stave off French/German Unilateralism in the UN. "veto, veto, veto no matter what!"
"change, as desirable as the latter might be. "This is the objective for which I will work by peaceful means," Schröder said."
No 1441 syas to use force to remove the threat; and removing SH
is themost effective way. And why all this handwringing about not toppling an evil regieme since "peaceful means" have certainly NOT caused SH
"Some people here need a little longer to understand that neither Schroeder nor Chirac or Putin ever supported Hussein's regime"
No but they sure have gone out of the way to "protect" is by not acting on SH
/IRAQ clear viloations of UN resolution--asside from the business entanglements--which apparently are calling the shots behind these entities opposition to "war"--guilty of the same exact thing they accuse the US of.
"Well, the war changed things in Iraq, in the UN, and changed the facts. Didn't it? 747-451, what would you do when your lawsuit begins? Change attitude? Probably yes. So why should Schröder say anything else than "I hope Saddam will be removed as soon as possible"?
Perhaps for Shroeder just to "shut up", since any "helpful" commetns he makes now are hollaw and useless.
"? If you can deal with a dictator and earn a crapload of money, why should you hesitate? Ethics? Dream on."
Well, as you said much has changed. And yes, there is now a focus on ethics. SH
was partially a US creation (by supportting the ba'athists in 1963) and now we are removing it. And your statement is quite crass not everyone sells out like France and Russia and to a lessor degree Germany and the US.
As far as "dreaming on", it is the UN that allowed it's resolutions to go unheeded.
Quite honestly, I can understand the hestitance of Germany and not wanting to involvethemselves; and I actually support it. I can't think of any other country that has such an intimate knowledge of suffering under a dictator and the costs of removing one. However, Shroeder, the greens and especially Fischer disgust me with their Anti US rhetoric-that kind of vileness is what will make them an object of criticism. Dissent is fine, but the "nazi", "imperialist" and "hyperpower" stuff is just plain garbage. (If we need that, all we have to do is listen to Chretien). We here in the states are well aware of German contribution to peacekeeping and humaintarian affairs. I also feel that relations with Germany and the US will not really be inoacted by the feckless leaders in either country. It is the French who have damaged permanaently relations with the US.