Wednesday, February 12, 2003

France, Germany and Russia Defy the US by Declaring That War is Unjustified
"John Chipman, the director of the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, said: "This was a stillborn proposal because for it to have any chance of becoming formalized it would require a UN resolution, and the UK and US would veto it. So there was absolutely no prospect of it seeing the light of day."

It still seems improbable to me that France, Germany and Russia will in the end veto or defy the American drive to war. Of course they should, but if necessary, the US will veto any resolution they dont like and go it alone in war on Iraq. This would damage the US by leaving them politically isolated, but that is a price they seem determined to pay. Its hard to conceive how European politicians could risk being shut out of Middle East oil which will fall under long term US direct domination.

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