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Germany's accession to the UN Security Council could make difficulties for George W Bush's Iraq strategy given the strength of anti-war sentiment there. Germany has given assurances that they will not use their position to derail future action.





What will the Germans do regarding Iraq now that they are on the U N Security Council

As of today the Security Council of the United Nations has five new members.

One of those members is Germany.  The German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder was recently elected due to his anti-war in Iraq stance.  Now Schroder says that he will not hinder the United States' effort to make war upon Iraq but I don't tend to believe that is going to be the case.  I believe that Schroder is going to, if he has the opportunity, thwart Bush's plans to attack Iraq.

In the article below, George continues to say that the problem with the American economy is a threat of an attack by Saddam.  I would say that the problem with the American economy is that George Bush has talked about nothing but war since 911.  No doubt that was necessary for a while but we are now sixteen months down the road from 911 and George continues to beat the war drums and tries to harangue the entire world as well as the American people into a war against Iraq.

Lord Heally sums my feelings about the war in Iraq in that he says below, "If he [Bush] does attack Iraq, the disastrous consequences for the American economy and the American policy would be unprecedented."

I don't think that there is any doubt that an attack upon Iraq is going to destroy everything that America represents; from its capitalist economy, to its ability to fight a war, to the problems that are going to come in the Middle East, to the problems that are going to come in North Korea where we do not have a significant presence at the moment.  If Bush attacks Iraq, America will be labeled a twenty-first century Nazi regime.  A country that uses one excuse after another to preemptively strike nations who may well have weapons of mass destruction but certainly not anything that would challenge the United States in an actual confrontation.

George Bush is the twenty-first century's version of Adolph Hitler.  Fortunately, the world has learned a few things in the last fifty years and my bet is that Chancellor Schroder is going to make the comparisons between Hilter and George Bush, Nazi Germany and America.

If there is any one thing that George Bush has done it is to awaken the entire world to the realization that the United States is not infallible, it is not perfect, and it can be challenged.

By the way has anyone asked George where Osama bin Laden is?  All the American technology, all the American know-how, all the American determination and no Osama bin Laden.

John WorldPeace
January 2, 2003

Change in UN may hit Bush's plans


A RESHUFFLE of the United Nations security council has thrown into doubt hopes that the US president, George Bush, would continue to use the UN as the primary means of disarming Saddam Hussein.

In a major shift of power within the UN hierarchy, Germany - one of the leading opponents of military action against Iraq - was handed one of the ten non-permanent seats on the Security Council.

The accession of Germany will substantially diminish the prospect of the US achieving unanimous UN approval for military action against Iraq should Saddam continue to defy the demands of UN resolution 1441 to disarm his nuclear, chemical and biological arsenal.

The chancellor, Gerhard Schröder, clinched election victory last year on the back of an anti-American campaign and has ruled out committing German troops to any military action.

However, the country’s ambassador to London insisted Berlin would not use its two-year tenure on the Security Council as a platform from which to lead opposition to war.

Thomas Matussek said Germany would focus its efforts on securing a "co-operative" solution which preserved global peace and stability.

"As far as the UN is concerned, we will be very responsible and engaged in trying to secure world peace and international security, but we will concentrate on co-operative efforts to conflict resolution and we want to further develop conflict prevention strategy and post-conflict strategy.

In an apparent softening of Germany’s stance, Mr Schröder used his New Year message to the say that sometimes force is necessary.

"We Germans know from our own experience that dictators sometimes can only be stopped with force," Mr Schröder said.

The New York Times reported a full US army division had been dispatched to Kuwait - the largest deployment of ground troops in the state since the 1991 Gulf war.

One of the Third Infantry Division’s three combat brigades, about 4,000 soldiers, has been training in the Kuwaiti desert since September, but the unit has been told to send the rest of the more than 15,000 combat troops to join the soldiers in Kuwait, it was reported.

Both Tony Blair and Mr Bush used their New Year messages to underline their resolve to use military action should Saddam continue to flout the will of the United Nations.

"The choice is Saddam’s," Mr Blair said. "No-one wants a military confrontation with Iraq, but Iraq must be disarmed of weapons of mass destruction. By going down the UN route, the international community has given Saddam the chance for peaceful disarmament. If he does not seize it, he will have to be disarmed by force."

In his message President Bush suggested the greatest danger to the American economy was the threat of an attack from Iraq.

"An attack from Saddam Hussein or a surrogate of Saddam Hussein would cripple our economy.

"Our economy is strong, it’s resilient, we’ve got to continue to make it strong and resilient. This economy cannot afford to stand an attack," he said.

But Lord Healey, the former Labour chancellor, warned of "disastrous consequences" should Mr Bush ignore Mr Blair’s advice and take unilateral action against Iraq.

Claiming that he could not remember such an "inadequate" US president, Lord Healey said: "If he [Bush] does attack Iraq, the disastrous consequences for the American economy and the American policy would be unprecedented."

The first deployment of a full US division to the Gulf area marked a significant escalation in the US military build-up.

US and British aircraft running patrols in the southern "no-fly" zone in Iraq yesterday struck a military defence radar system, a spokesman said.

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