Monday, October 17, 2005

Principled opposition?

It is funny that in the minds of anti-war activists the United States, which is spending billions of dollars (not to speak of the human sacrifices) to liberate and rebuild a democratic Iraq, really did it all for the oil (!?) while the French (who, as I recall, have rarely sacrificed anything for anyone) made a principled and honourable stand for multilateralism and peace. Oh, wait (via Gay and Right):
Two former French ambassadors have admitted earning hundreds of thousands of dollars from the sale of oil that Iraq had assigned to them under the United Nations Oil-for-Food programme.
The disclosure tarnished France’s moral stand against the invasion of Iraq, and its Foreign Ministry scrambled to distance itself from the alleged illicit activities of Serge Boidevaix, a former director of the ministry, and of Jean-Bernard Mérimée, a former French Ambassador to the UN. Both are facing corruption charges.
While Russia's opposition must have surely been principled too:
Former members of the Russian military have been secretly helping Iran to acquire technology needed to produce missiles capable of striking European capitals.
The Russians are acting as go-betweens with North Korea as part of a multi-million pound deal they negotiated between Teheran and Pyongyang in 2003. It has enabled Teheran to receive regular clandestine shipments of top secret missile technology, believed to be channelled through Russia.

Western intelligence officials believe that the technology will enable Iran to complete development of a missile with a range of 2,200 miles, capable of hitting much of Europe. It is designed to carry a 1.2-ton payload, sufficient for a basic nuclear device.
At this point the most rational course would be for the US to completely dismantle its armed forces (and Europe, what little is left of theirs). Right.

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