Those Warmongering Americans!
Vol: 16 Issue: 22 Wednesday, January 22, 2003
The Germans and the French have evidently decided that the greatest danger to world peace isn t Saddam Hussein or Kim Jong Il. The real threat to peace is the United States of America led by that warmonger, George W. Bush.
According to the French, it is time for Europe to speak with a single voice against the United States.
Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said Tuesday that France would try to rally the European Union to “speak with a single voice” and oppose any hasty decision by the United States to unleash a military assault against Iraq.
He said no action should be taken while UN inspectors are seeking more time – perhaps many months – to pursue their search for evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
“We see no justification today for an intervention, since the inspectors are able to do their work,” he said from Brussels. “We could not support unilateral action.”
The European Union is divided over what to do in Iraq, with France saying bluntly it could not support an attack any time soon, Germany stating its opposition to any war at all, Greece, the current EU president, planning a European mission to the Middle East in an attempt to avert war and Italy and Spain lending tacit approval to the more aggressive British stance.
In the face of this dissension, de Villepin said that Europe must adopt a common position of standing up to American pressure for an early military move.
“It is important that Europe speak on this issue with a single voice,” he said. “We are mobilized, we believe war can be avoided.”
There is nothing really new here. Europe has spoken with a single voice regarding the United States before. Back in 1940, that single voice said Please save us from the Germans. In 1945, the Germans said with a single voice, please save us from the Russians.
It is important to note that the French in 1940 did NOT have contracts to build a German oil pipeline. Also, in 1945, the Germans did not have contracts to provide the Russians with prohibited dual-use technology.
The French have threatened to use their veto to stop any UN resolution authorizing the use of force. The Germans would love to do the same thing, but they don t have a veto. That is an unfortunate consequence of having tried to conquer the world twice in the last century at a time when at least some of the world was operating under adult supervision.
But that was sixty years ago and all those adults are dead now. The Germans and French left their kids in charge when they died. Those kids were spoiled by their rich Uncle who made sure the current crop of Germans and French could live in peace and prosperity.
Like all spoiled kids, they came to see that peace and prosperity as a birthright that they deserved for BEING Germans or Frenchmen. If they had been forced to EARN that birthright of peace and prosperity, like their rich Uncle did, they d probably see it for what it is.
Instead, they seem to think that freedom is free.
Or maybe there is something else. Maybe they don t want the United States to invade Iraq and start poking around for themselves. It might be a tad embarrassing to find weaponry marked Made in Germany or nuclear technology stamped Made in France lying around all over Iraq. Especially since Iraq has been under a technology embargo and they d prefer not to have the fact they have made billions circumventing it for the past twelve years made public.
President Bush doesn t seem to get it. The poor, confused soul could only comment, Surely our friends have learned from the past.
Actually, they surely have. They have learned that no matter what, if they get into hot water, their rich Uncle Sam will bail them out.
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder addressed a rally of his Social Democratic Party, saying, Don t expect Germany to approve a resolution legitimizing war. Don t expect it.
Excuse me, Mr. Schroeder. If there is a war, we are well aware that you won t be in it. You aren t allowed to. The Kaiser, Hitler, the Holocaust remember all that? Oh, and the invasion of France, too. (Both countries seem to have amnesia about THAT one.)
Sarcasm aside, (if that is possible — we ll see) the Germans and the French actually do speak with one voice concerning Iraq. That voice reverberates across the EU.
But as in 1940, that voice stops at the English Channel. The UK and the United States actually observed the UN sanctions, which meant the rest of Europe didn t have to worry about competition in the Iraqi marketplace for twelve years. War means not only the end of the party but also the exposure of the party-goers.
When Gulf War Part One broke out, Europe was just launching their experiment in reviving the old Roman Empire. The European Union didn t formally kick off with the Maastrich Treaty until 1992.
And that s when they began speaking with one voice .
That one voice kept whispering, Hey, we can make some money in Iraq.
Musing Right Along . . .
At this moment, I am sitting in my 7th floor hotel room ($31.00 a night a great deal) looking out at the Atlantic Ocean. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and all seems right with the world. It is hard to believe things are in such a mess.
I slept in today really slept in, I mean for the first time in two years the sun woke me up. Golly, it s pretty! I wouldn t have been able to do this if it weren t for Joy Dass, Greg Linkous, Cecie Doucet and Joe Wynne, all of whom have done a terrific job in helping me keep up with the breaking headlines. I want to thank each of them, and all of you. I was deeply moved at how many of you emailed me to tell me to take some time off, not to worry about anything and to relax.
Our mission at the Omega Letter is to compile evidence that we can use to answer the skeptic (Scripture says the fool ) who says there is no God.
For all of you who have expressed your love and support to us throughout the year, and especially during this past week, I want to offer you some powerful and tangible evidence of our God and His love.
Look in the mirror.