Yeah, I understand your point about France and germany, Freddie… but I don’t think that’s good enough.
The debate is too often framed in terms of the squabble between the US and ‘Europe.’ In so doing, it continually overlooks the Iraqis. The core of the problem is that Iraq needs to be rebuilt.
Now, to my mind, any country that decides not to help in the rebuilding process because it is angry at the US or believes that it is the US’s responsibility alone… well, they miss the point.
Rascal applauds this attitude among the ‘European’ public.
I doubt that Eurpean governments share the same view.
Listen - if these countries are serious about wanting a strong political voice in the world. if they want to frame world politics in their own way, then now would be the time to step up and provide the help and support Iraq needs to rebuild itself. Even if that means continued US control.
Its in no one’s interest to have a poorly done, half-baked solution.
Rascal’s “ya-boo sucks!” attitude may make him feel good, but does it help at all?
I don’t mind stipulating that this is the case. It shws what I believe to be the case - that Germany’s government is perhaps more enlightened than the “European” public that Rascal approvingly quotes. Its just a question of : “Where is the leadership?”
I think the Europeans have precisely the wrong attitude and I expect that their leaders will have to stand up publically and tell them so.