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America is not alone!
By Alan Caruba
There is a widespread perception that America is alone in its efforts to pursue a war with Iraq. This has been magnified by the failure and refusal of the United Nations Security Council to grant "permission" to take action against Saddam Hussein and a corrupt, immoral regime that has demonstrated to the world the absurdity of the UN.
As columnist George Will recently noted, "The United Nations is premodern because it is unaccountable and irresponsible: It claims powers not legitimized by the recurring concept of periodically consulted constituencies of the governed. Inebriated by self-approval, the United Nations is grounded in neither democratic consent, nor territorial responsibilities, nor independent fiscal means, nor the material means of enforcing its judgements."
In brief, the United Nations is a farce. And it is an extremely dangerous one that has plans to become the sole governing body of the world. It has asserted the right to impose taxes on all financial transactions. It has created its own International Criminal Court that can indict everyone from the President of the United States to the lowliest private in our military. It wants to establish its own military force. It asserts authority over the entire landmass and all the oceans of the Earth. It advocates population control comparable to that in force in Red China. Its treaties, protocols and conventions seek to impose its total control over all aspects of life on Earth.
The charade being played out in the UN today is led by France and the perception is that Europe does not support the United States, but this is far from the truth.
Ziad K. Abdelnour who leads the effort to free Lebanon from the control of Syria has recently dispelled that notion with a careful analysis entitled "American Isolation and the European Reality." He points out that "If Washington is in fact isolated and has torn apart the US-European relationship, a reasonable case could be made that Iraq is not worth it."
However, the reality is quite different from the perception. "A large number of European nations have aligned themselves with the United States. Explicitly committed to the US position are the United Kingdom, Spain, Denmark, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, Macedonia, Croatia, Portugal, Bosnia and Montenegro, whose foreign policy is independent of Serbia's."
Moreover, there is a second group of European nations that also support America and they include The Netherlands, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Slovakia. Abdelnour notes that a third group "remains rigorously neutral: Ireland, Austria, Finland, Serbia, Switzerland, and Norway."
Does this sound to you like the US is isolated in Europe? Or does this begin to add up to a European community of nations that does not want to put their national sovereignty and future into the hands of France and Germany? It is the leaders of these nations that provide the support as opposed to a widespread resistance to war for any reason that we are seeing in the protests in the streets.
In this respect, the leaders are acting more responsibly than their citizens.
So far as the war is concerned, even the casual reader of the news knows that most of the nations of the Middle East are giving their support as well. It may not be as open as Kuwait, Bahrain or the United Arab Emirates, but even Saudi Arabia will cooperate. All understand that the enemy is Iraq, not the United States.
In the end, the US Constitution opens with a preamble that says it is being instituted in part "for the common defense" and, having been attacked on 9-11 by a shadowy organization supported by nation-states such as Iraq, Syria, (and Saudi Arabia), among others, it is the duty of the President to defend America from any threat, no matter how near or how far.
We are not alone, but even if we were, we can do no less than to vanquish our enemies.
Alan Caruba is the author of "Warning Signs", published by
Merril Press. His column of the same name is posted weekly on www.anxietycenter.com,
the Internet site of The National Anxiety Center. © Alan Caruba, 2003
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