Jewish World Review Jan. 26, 2004 / 3 Shevat, 5764
Dems are wrong about 'unilateralism'
Police commander Gonzalez Perez Garcia, in charge of security for a Spanish
brigade, was shot in the forehead by terrorists while he was sitting in his
car in the town of Diwaniyah in southern Iraq on Jan. 22.
Garcia's injury was inflicted less than 48 hours after he, his country, and
the soldiers of 33 other nations were insulted by the Democratic leader in
the House of Representatives.
"(The president) has pursued a go-it-alone foreign policy that leaves us
isolated abroad..." said Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California in her response to
the state of the union address. "He failed to build a true international
As of Jan. 21, 97 soldiers from Britain, Poland, Italy, Spain, Denmark,
Thailand and the Ukraine have been killed in Iraq, according to the website
Iraq Coalition Casualties Count. Soldiers from 34 countries besides the
United States - a much larger coalition than that assembled to beat the
Nazis in World War II - are taking part in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and
another 13 nations are supplying non-military assistance.
So much for unilateralism.
The Coalition is likely to grow. A questioner at a luncheon Jan. 21
sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh tossed the former
German defense minister an anti-Bush softball, which he expected him to bat
out of the park.
"The Germans and especially the French were right," the questioner began.
"There were no weapons of mass destruction. What do you have to say about
But Rudolph Scharping didn't rise to the bait.
"As to whether there were weapons of mass destruction (in Iraq), I'll wait
for the final report from the inspectors," Scharping said. "But there is no
doubt that the danger existed, and there is no doubt the world is better off
without Saddam Hussein."
If the United Nations returns to Iraq, Germany - which already is training
Iraqi policemen - is likely to participate, he said.
"The only question we have to answer now is do we have a common interest in
Iraq now, or do we leave it as another failed state?" Scharping said.
The Bush diplomacy for which Pelosi has such scorn is making great progress
in alleviating the principal economic problem facing postwar Iraq, the
massive debt run up by Saddam Hussein in his pursuit of weapons, palaces and
Swiss bank accounts.
Germany is willing to forgive the entire $4 billion it is owed, Scharping
said. France, Russia, and Iraqi neighbors Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain have
agreed to write down much of what is owed them. Saudi Arabia may follow
It seems as if about the only people who want to leave Iraq as a failed
state are the Saddamite remnant, al Qaida, and some Democratic politicians.
Many Democrats seem incapable of viewing foreign affairs except through the
prism of domestic politics. Whatever Bush does in foreign policy, they
criticize - even if the criticisms are contradictory. Those who bash Bush
(falsely) for a "unilateral" approach to Iraq blast him for insisting upon
multilateral negotiations with North Korea about dismantling its nuclear
It is true that the United States and Britain and Australia and Poland
went to war in Iraq without the blessing of United Nations, whose
resolutions the Coalition was enforcing.
But that blessing never would have been forthcoming. Russia - which was
supplying arms to Saddam up until the eve of the war - would have vetoed it,
as would France.
President Clinton had the same problem in 1999 over Kosovo. He never even
approached the UN before initiating hostilities because he knew Russia would
veto any action against Serb dictator Slobodan Milosevic.
So why was bypassing the UN a good thing in the case of Kosovo, but a bad
thing in the case of Iraq? Democrats need to answer that question if they
want to argue the United States must obtain a permission slip from the
United Nations before taking action to protect itself, or to prevent
Could the answer be that Clinton is a Democrat, and Bush is not? That
answer may be good politics for the hopelessly partisan. But it is not a
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