First time poster here…
I am an American dismayed at how much of the world - especially Europe - has turned against my country. Nevertheless, I support any and all means of removing Saddam Hussein from power, including force, if necessary. I believe it is vital to the interests of the U.S. and I also believe there is no other way to change the status quo in the Middle East, which I believe is untenable.
With that said, I agree with many of the posters here who say that Bush, Blair, et. al. have done a terrible job of providing a valid casus belli to the skeptics. I think Bush and Powell are preaching to an angry audience - ever since he took office in 2001, he has alienated much of the world by rejecting Kyoto, the ABM, the ICC, etc. I think the massive resistance to war - as illustrated yesterday with the global peace protests - is in large part not only a demand for peace, but a rejection of Bush’s willingness to laugh at international protocols.
It seems to me that it’s going to take something completely improbable (Blix finds an autographed picture of bin Laden “To my good friend Saddam, Yours in Jihad, Osama” in Saddam’s bedroom) to get the people (not just the governments) of Europe on our side. Probably not going to happen.
So how about this: In a speech, Bush pledges that in return for Europe’s support for this war, the he will sign the Kyoto Protocol and send it to Congress to ratify.