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Submitted by Monica (Italy), Mar 20, 2003 at 18:58

I've voted for the left wing, and I'm in Europe, and I don't feel vilified at all by Perle's or Rusmfeld's words which were only honestly clear statements of fact - I feel much more offended by the reckless lack of reality assessment and of political responsibility shown by the likes of Chirac, de Villepin, the unbelievably defiant Russian representative at the UN, Putin's back-pedalling, Schroeder's electoral games, Josckha Fischer's shrill protestations of moral superiority, and, since I'm in Italy, the shameful Italian left wing that I hope with all my heart will collapse into insignificance at the next elections, and like I said, I did vote for them, with total lack of enthusiasm because they long ago discredited themselves, and only because I couldn't bring myself to vote for the other coalition - but they made sure with their insane pronouncements and Vatican foot-kissing that I won't even spend a minute listening to them ever again, while I'm appreciating exactly the kind of center-right politicians I'd never thought I support, and I only shudder at the thought this left wing had been in power instead. I wish every european country had a leader like Blair and a public opinion like the wise part of Americans supporting Bush.

By the way, France, Russia, Germany, and the Vatican as well as the UN Secretariat with its oil-for-food programme that has brought mr Annan's aides billions of revenues in administrative profits all have massive financial ties to the Baghdad regime and no interest to further either security or democracy since it will cut off such a juicy source of business (see how Saddam demanded from the UN - and prompty got - that the currency for the trade should no longer be "the evil dollar" but the more terrorist-friendly euro, thus, like the Wall Street Journal wrote, effectively getting the UN to enforce Iraqi sanctions against the US.

Still think that compared to all this a factual reference to "old europe" is some mighty offence or show of arrogance? then how do you qualify France's demand to be parts of post-Iraqi reconstruction in spite of them being the strongest opposers of the intervention? la hyper-hypocrisie, perhaps? they had the nerve to demand that in the UNSC today, right when the war is started. I so hope the US says: sorry, too late. I would love for the US to cut ALL business ties with France. Arrogance is a word of French etymology, don't forget. So why it is entirely absolved when it's them practicing it? another one of those instanes of wary admiration Pipes talks about, perhaps. They "stand up to the US", nevermind if it's only because they prefer to keep Saddam in power, no matter what the security consequences on the world that would entail.
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