And while the US continually stated that they did not wish to undermine the UN I find it appaling that now that the war is over the US has denied UN inspectors access to search for those Chemical weapons and others of mass destruction, saying that their own inspectors were on the case and the UN would simply get in the way. Is this good policy, is this the way to endear yourself to the international community?
Probably not, but I don't think endearing ourselves to the international community is a high priority at the moment when we are still working to maintain order and begin the process of helping Iraq install new leadership. I definitely think the U.N. should be involved though, especially with continuing humanitarian relief, and down the road, the resumption of inspections if they are not satisfied with the job the U.S. has done. I think it would be a good idea too to use the U.N. peace keeping forces to quell looting and rioting during the current power vacuum.
a) the Bush administrations handling of things
b) the incredible denial that the US government could possibly do wrong
c) the 'new' patriotism, which demands that everybody fall in line and support without question or be labelled unpatriotic or rebels rousers ooooooh those Evil Dixie Chix
a) Raph, how would you handle things if you were in charge? I'd be interested in hearing some constructive ideas on how things could be done differently.
b) That's quite a blanket statement. Of course we are capable of 'doing wrong', just as any other country is. Who denies that? Most Americans happen to believe now though that Bush is doing something 'right'. That's not the same thing though as your statement asserts. And given that it seems most of the world nowadays doesn't give much credance to right and wrong (everything is relative, no?), who makes that judgment, the wise ones who sit on the U.N.? God help us.
c) No one that I know is "falling in line" and not questioning things so as not to be labeled unpatriotic. They, as most Americans just happen to support most of the current policies of the administration. Evil, no, we don't think the Dixie Chix are evil, I think incredibly stupid sums them up pretty accurately. Since the majority of Americans took offense at their unique brand of Bush bashing on foreign soil during a time of war, well, I'd say that they will definitely feel it in their pocketbooks.
Contradictory statements coming from America donít seem to be helping, it has been maintained throughout this conflict that the Iraqi people would be free to choose their own Government. Yet when some Iraqis declared that Iraq should become an Islamic state the American Government stated that they wouldnít allow that to happen. Either theyíre free to choose or theyíre not you canít have it both ways.
I beleive that it has been maintained throughout that the Iraqi people would be free to choose their own form of representative government. Allowing another Islamic state form of government would not fit that criteria. All of Iraq's people have to be represented and share in the governing, not just the religious element of the country.
Americans may believe that those three countries acted because of oil but that isnít widely believed outside of the US. Conversely that American action is dictated by oil isnít believed within the US but it is held as a strong possibility abroad.
This statement seems, to me anyway, to prove the strong anti-US bias that is rampant throughout the world. The world seems eager to think the best of France, Germany and Russia regarding their motives but seems not so eager to give the U.S. the same deference regarding her motives. Why is that?