The US needs nine votes to pass a second resolution on Iraq.
Some of the temporary members apparently don’t feel a moral obligation to vote one way or another. Should they accept money from the US for their votes? Should the US offer to pay?
(Of course, any payments will be in the form of foreign aid, not a payoff, but let’s be frank.)
A related question is the $30 billion dollars Turkey asked in return for allowing US soldiers to invade Iraq from bases in Turkey. I think here they demand for a payoff is more cynical, since the Turks have a vested interest in a war-- if not to oust Saddam, then at least to prevent a Kurdistan. Nonetheless, should Turkey have demanded? Should the US pay? (This deal is not sealed as of 2/26/03 at 12:00.)
Are nations bound by the same ethical considerations as individuals?