The saddest part of all of this "yellow" journalism is that it is in fact having some luck driving a wedge between traditional and natural allies like the US and Europe. Just as media outlets like Fox are creating vast legions of ignorant Americans who believe we can just go it alone in the world, so are European media outlets like the Guardian attempting to do the same in the UK. Let's hope that knowledge and a keen understanding of history will prevail in the end. What Bush and his neocon morons do not want anyone to see are the stark learnings of recent history which clearly support the theory that only in alliance will our shared values prevail. At the same time we have a growing number of Europeans who believe that US resolve in foreing affairs or crises is dangerous and that the EU should follow its own course. Some examples that contradict these "parallel" positions:
WWI: strong alliance wins initially, lack of alliance leads to WWII
(failure of League of Nations)
: lack of a true alliance leads nearly to complete chaos, final alliance leads to ultimate victory
Korea: strong UN alliance leads to partial victory at least with the one side ultimately becoming a model of socio-economic and finally political success while the other starves itself to death.
now another patter begins to emerge...
Vietnam: US goes it alone and fails miserably.
Gulf War I: Again a true alliance shows its strength and gets the immediate results it seeks very quickly (funny how it's the father of the present President who understands the alliance thing while the son does not)
Somalia: US goes it alone and fails miserably
Rwanda: nobody gives a crap, failure guaranteed and proven
Yugoslavia: initial lack of alliance between the EU and the US yields disaster and genocide, eventual alliance between the two leads to success (in the military sense and hopefully soon full socio-economic success as well)
Afghanistan: full and complete alliance leads to the country's first democratically held elections with nearly full suffrage in its history just 2 years after the campaign began. History has yet to play itself out but the initial results are nothing short of miraculous.
Gulf War II
: US thinks going it alone with a 90/10 alliance with only the UK and Australia as committed allies (and vast majorities in each country opposing their country's involvement) will lead to success. Today over 6000 US casualties and near chaos reigning in the streets of Iraq.
Iran: the EU leading this effort without any real or implied threat of military action will also lead to ultimate failure. Europe should know best that theocratic or autocratic regimes based on religious or political extremism do not respond to UN resolutions. Iran could well end up producing and distributing nuclear weapons and the EU would have neither the means nor the political willpower tp prevent this from happening.
Based on the preceeding examples our chance of success in Iraq is fairly slim. People on both sides need to heed the lessons of history whi och show nearly unanimous conclusions. When either side attempts to go it alone it ultimately fails because the effort lacks any measure of international agreement on the desired outcome. When both sides bury their heads in the sand things like Rwanda happen. My suggestion for what's it's worth is to inform yourself through every available source of informattion. If you just listen to Fox or you just read the Guardian you yourself will turn into an ignorant extremist who ignores the lessons of hsitory and thus repeats the mistakes.