The Belgians, at some point, will probably back down from their morally bankrupt and overreaching attempts to put Israeli soldiers on trial for fabricated human rights abuses, while simultaneously tanking the NATO alliance in order to keep Saddam Hussein in power. When they do back down, the wags will undoubtedly chuckle "Belgian waffles!" (you heard it here first). In the meantime, we will call the Belgians (their government, that is) "a bunch of Belgian chocolate boobs" [as seen in a Bruges shop window].
Multinational Unilateralism Watch The predominantly Muslim Kazakhstan, a former member republic of the USSR, is the latest country to join the several dozen other countries in the unilateral coalition to disarm Iraq.
Thomas Friedman writes that
the Bush hawks need to realize they cannot achieve their ultimate aim of disarming and transforming Iraq without maximum international legitimacy...We don't need a broad coalition to break Iraq. We can do that ourselves. But we do need a broad coalition to rebuild Iraq, so that the American taxpayer and Army do not have to bear that full burden or be exposed alone at the heart of the Arab-Muslim world. President Bush, if he alienates the allies from going to war — the part we can do alone — is depriving himself of allies for the peace — the part where we'll need all the friends we can get.Read the whole thing. Friedman makes some good points and also tells the Euro-doves to get real and cooperate with the US. But I think he misses the main point. Once Saddam has been dispatched to join up with Nebuchadnezzar then I suspect that Gerhard, Vlad and Jacques are going to be in a very different posture than they are in today. With the US-led coalition in control of Iraq, the Euro-moochers are going to be lining up like hookers at a dental convention for some of those big-ticket contracts to rebuild Iraqi infrastructure and resell Iraqi oil. No, I don't think there will be too much of a problem with other countries ceding to the US exclusive influence over post-Saddam Iraq and its resources. They just want to stick us with the check for the hard part.
John Hawkins posted his interview of Mark Steyn. It's well worth reading.Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at February 13, 2003 03:13 PM