Date: Sun 10 Nov 2002 - 03:05:33 GMT
> > >
> >I disagree. Multilateralism and consensus has been sought, and
> >gained, by the US on three different levels; in the US Congress, with
> >the elected representatives and senators, in the mid-term elections,
> >where the US voters' voices have been heard, and in the UN security
> >Council, where the US mightily labored for the consensus it finally
> >achieved. Whatever happens now with Iraq, no one can credibly claim
> >that the Bush administration has not strived diligently for
> >multilateral cooperation on the issue.
> > >
> Funny, I got the impression that Bush was being dragged through that
> process kicking and screaming all the way. The compromises he came
> away with were forced on him by the other members of the Security
> Council rather than being his first choice and what he really wanted
> to do. And he still holds the position that he can ignore them all
> and do what he wants to if he doesn't like the outcome of the
> compromises. Meanwhile, we're moving ahead as if we expect war to be
> the only alternative.
Bush's cowboyish ifnya-don't-go-with-me-I'll-go-it-alone persona has served the cause of peace well. Without it, there would neither have benn a chance for a UN Iraqi resolution, nor would there be the slightest chance that Saddam would submit to its conditions. Bush has made the threat appear credible in the only way that it could be credible; by actually meaning it, and with many good and clearly enunciated reasons, and the fact that everyone knows he means it, and why, may be the only thing that does avoid war. It's in Saddam's court now.
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