Jewish World Review April 14, 2003 / 12 Nisan, 5763
Axis of Weasels is coming to its senses?
DOHA, Qatar North Korea is indicating a willingness to engage in the multilateral
discussions with the United States, South Korea and Japan it had hitherto
scorned. Officials in Iran are discussing how they might re-establish ties
with the United States. Syria has closed its border with Iraq.
As the remaining members of the Axis of Evil began making appeasement
gestures, the Axis of Weasels met in St. Petersburg to discuss what they can
salvage from what for them has been a disastrous war. Vladimir Putin of
Russia, Jacques Chirac of France,and Gerhard Schroeder of Germany were
"subdued," according to one international news service; "restrained,"
according to another.
The Weasels want the United Nations to play a "central" role in the
reconstruction of Iraq. President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair
have offered the United Nations a "vital" role. The difference is this: A
"central" role means running the operation. A "vital" role means swabbing
France, Germany and Russia want the United Nations in charge of Iraq because
they figure that's the only way they can be paid for all the weapons they
sold to Saddam Hussein; the only way France can hang onto its oil
concessions; the only way French, German and Russian companies can get any
contracts for rebuilding post-Saddam Iraq.
If the Weasels aren't yet familiar with the American acronym "SOL," they
likely soon will be.
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan was invited to join the Weasels in their
confab, but wisely declined. Annan doesn't want to plunge himself any deeper
into Bush's doghouse than he already is. He seems ready to accept the mop
being offered him.
Meanwhile, French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin is conducting a
whirlwind tour of Arab capitals, seeking support for the French position.
He's been getting a lukewarm reception.
"The problem with France is that it's like a senior manager at a company
who's been made redundant, but insists on still coming to work," an Egyptian
intellectual told UPI.
What a difference three weeks can make.
It is difficult to overstate the achievement of the U.S./U.K. triumph. The
first Gulf war was the most one-sided conflict in the history of warfare to
that time. I was concerned at the end of it that the liberation of Kuwait
would give Americans the wrong idea about war, because so overwhelming a
victory at so little cost had to be a one-time thing, unlikely ever to be
But I was mistaken. With fewer than half the ground forces, in less than
half the time, with only about a third as many casualties as in 1991, the
Coalition accomplished the much more difficult task of the liberation of
Iraq. And it did so in a manner that left intact almost all of Iraq's
infrastructure, and spared the lives of most Iraqi soldiers.
The surgically precise takedown of a brutal regime with very little
"collateral damage" doubtless sent chills down the spines of Kim Jong Il, in
his palaces in North Korea, and to the mullahs in their palaces in Tehran.
It was also profoundly upsetting to the retired Russian generals who helped
plan Baghdad's defenses. They thought they had learned the lessons of the
1991 Gulf war, and taken steps to counter them. And now they discover the
United States is even further ahead of the rest of the world today than it
was then. No nation is close to the United States in military power. Only
the Brits are within hailing distance. And Britain and the United States are
allies. No wonder North Korea, Iran and Syria are starting to think
conciliation is a better strategy than confrontation, and the leaders of
France, Russia and Germany are feeling "subdued" and "restrained."
Mark Twain said of a contemporary that "he acted with the confidence of a
Christian holding four aces." George W. Bush is a Christian, and he is
holding four aces: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps.
America is in a
position to remake the world, and the world knows it.
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© 2002, Jack Kelly