March 13, 2003

French Perfidy Update Can anyone

French Perfidy Update

Can anyone continue to seriously argue that the French really care about the actual implementation of 1441? Not when they so cavalierly dismiss British bridging proposals at the UNSC.

The British foreign secretary, Jack Straw: "What I find extraordinary is that without even proper consideration the French government have decided that they will reject these proposals, adding to the statement that, quotes, whatever the circumstances, France will vote no."

Who is really taking the wrecking ball to the architecture of the postwar international system? The party going the limit to achieve UNSC unity in the face of defiance of the U.N.'s myriad resolutions? Or the party actively scuttling attempts at achieving said cohesion with policy prescriptions that are on their face ineffective?

Remember, U.N. inspectors are not meant to be scavenger hunters--they need unfettered cooperation from the host government to be effective. Inspections-plus is a chimera--unless Saddam were to make a fundamental, strategic decision to disarm. He won't, so what is the good of waiting, as the French advocate, for months more?

UPDATE: Ari Fleischer's reaction from the White House is good for a laugh: "France rejected the British proposal even before the Iraqis did."

Or as a British offical curtly commented: "The French rejected our tests before the Iraqis. Enough said." Indeed.

Posted by Gregory at March 13, 2003 05:32 PM
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