February 13, 2004

Troop Contribution Watch

More roughshod unilateralism in Iraq.

Note this isn't some de minimis troop contribution. The South Koreans now have approximately 3,500 nationals in (or on their way) to Iraq.

That's not an insignificant number. And they will be stationed around Kirkuk--a key flashpoint.

This is real, not bogus, assistance.

But that won't stop Maureen Dowd from denigrating it, doubtless.

States like Poland and South Korea, with peoples who well understand what totalitarian regimes are capable of, have proved real allies in the war in Iraq.

Sure, they have other reasons to play ball with the Americans (South Korea's dependence on U.S. protection over the DMZ, Poland wishing to flex its muscles in the emerging Euro-land community).

But I suspect their proximity to totalitarian states, both currently (SoKo) and in the past (Poland), allowed for a better understanding of the nature (and dangers presented) by Saddam's regime.

Posted by Gregory at February 13, 2004 10:17 AM
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