Well it isn't my family that are training in Afghanistan, they aren't funding terrorists, nor have they any explosives on their person, nor have they made terroristic threats. If they had done ANY of the above, I would turn them in myself, so drop the Nazi Germany comparison bullshit.
"Yes, but we tried to PUNISH them for looking out for themselves, didn't we? We treated them like enemies, for DARING to look after their own interests. Hypocritical, in the least."
How is that hypocritical? They actively pursued avenues that would hinder our enforcing the UN mandates...isn't that counter productive, could it have been because of their own investments in a regime they denounce? That sir is hypocritical.
I respectfully disagree with your assessment of GWB being in the same league as JF
politically, he is indeed a very religious man which is not a crime nor should be looked at negatively, he isn't as far right as the others politically, surely you can see that.
"You need to be completely ignorant of historical precedents to say something as stupid as that. This is exactly how fascism works: "Shut up and obey! That's the way it is. You wonÂ´t disagree with the government, will you???"
Oh I am well aware of the precedent set forth by some nuts in German in the last century...I disagree with my elected government on several issues, but I don't break laws, I don't threaten people with violence, I don't have a history of involvement with extremists, and I have not been caught in a combat zone.
"Actually, the "whatÂ´s in it for us" angle was almost completely absent from the discussion in Germany. Germany and many other nations have strong interests in a functioning United Nations and see them as the only possible basis of a legitimate world order."
What? The "What's in it for us" card was played, before, during, and especially now. They didn't want to lose out on the money that a dictator owed them, they didn't want to upset the "Oil for food" programs they had set up, and surely you have heard of the multitude of bitching emanating from "old Europe" with regards to contract not being awarded their way...The UN is a joke, and that status was self-imposed.
"Degrading the UN to servant status for the whims of an ideological US administration caused more anger and frustration than you would believe - and ignoring this will turn out to be a major strategic mistake."
If by "servant status" you mean enforcement, than I guess you are right.
"Oil contracts donÂ´t figure nearly as high in the European political arena as in the USA; Europe is focusing a lot more on alternative energy sources. And much of European oil imports are coming from sources outside the middle east anyway."
Oh they figure in, not as much as here in the states, but they do in fact figure in...weren't the big oil companies in Iraq prior to the war European based?
GWB in my opinion is Right of Center, but by no means far right...
Ashcroft? Far Right.
Why Kate, You're not wearing a bustle. How lewd.