Of course something needed to be done in Iraq. But by WHO? I think it should have been done by the UN. ANd it is not the UN's fault if the american government continues to undermine it's political and military capability. And believe me, I took a long and lengthy course on the United Nations and wrote a longer and lengthier essay on the problems with peacekeeping and the united nations... In more than one instance the united states is guilty of not supporting the united nations and thus leaveing it floundering in international water.
The issue was never 'are we' going to do something about the iraqi state of affairs? It was 'who' is going to do something about the iraqi state of affairs? It should have been the UN entirely.
Of course, this is not something new, and i don't think Bush in particular should be overly criticized for doing what every preceeding american government has also done, which is pretty much exactly as they please. In fact I think most of us have come to expect that from the United States.
They continue to undermine any efforts to institute an international court of justice, by refusing to support it.... As always, one set of rules for Americans, one set of rules for the rest of us.
And this latest showing of the photographs is merely another example of the double standard. I doubt if it will be the last. But what this has done, for the rest of the world anyway, is given us all a bit of perspective. I think a lot of countries will be less supportive of Mr. Bush in the future, and quite frankly, that's good.
I have GREAT faith that the europe will in the course of the next century rise as a counter balancing force in the world. And i have GREAT faith that America's self-appointed position as international 'police-man' will be called into question by the international community more and more in the coming years.
I personally feel that he HAD to show something. In order to maintain his presidency he HAD to give them something... some proof that it was all not in vain... It's Bin Laden all over again. I mean doesn't it seem a little ... out of place for a presidency to have to resort to putting a price on a man's head... In spite of all that was said about the Iraqi's being unethical and showing the faces of American POWS on tv... In spite of that huge fuss they made... I for one am incredulous.
I am in awe of the absolute hypocrisy and double standards that the american presidency has/is/and no doubt will be capable of in the future.
|Bush's credibility is around zero outside the U.S..
Too true. Perhaps now the rest of the world will be a little more cautious when dealing with the american presidency, bush or no bush. And of course, i only speak for my self.