How are you doing, young Willie McBride.
Do you mind if I sit here down by your grave side?
I’d ask for a cite for where I said or implied this, but I know none exists.
Despite your best efforts to put words in my mouth, I never said anything of the sort, never have, never will. I’m getting tired of your little jabs at me here in the pit. Either start putting some evidence behind your implications or stop them altogether.
I don’t think you are some “jingoistic knownothing” I know you are smarter than this and it infuriates me that you bring some attitude to the pit where you don’t have to back your claims up. A debate in the pit is still a debate. If you took the attitude you have in GD into the Pit you would find yourself having to respond to a flamewar a lot less often. I still wouldn’t see eye to eye with you on alot of things, but I’d hold alot more respect for your arguements if there wasn’t such a split personality in your posts.
Americans did die during the war, and their sacrifice is remembered and respected. It was a great thing that America did in the World Wars. there is no “selective amnesia” in Europe, their sacrifice is greatly remembered and respected. Read the “We shall remember” thread for an indication of that. Their dedication to Peacekeeping worldwide is admirable, and the UN peace forces benefit greatly from their expertise and dedication.
However, using the memory of the soldiers as some sort of stick to beat the allies into line with American policy is a disgrace. They died in the cause of achieving world peace, and their memories should be saying “Never Again”, not “How could you think differently?”
There are diplomatic means that can work for the US. Everything Colin Powell does to convince the UN nations of the need for action is undone by Rumsfeld shooting his mouth off about “old Europe” and “Axis of Weasels”. The US has to convince France, Germany et. al that their plan is necessary, but Bully Tactics and Emotional blackmail will only drive them further away.
Actually, I see it as “Inspections are starting to work, lets improve the process”. Full inspections will either prove Saddam is no threat, or prove he has the weapons, give the UN its second resolution and a full UN force will be available to pressure Iraq. Noone is suggesting Saddam is left alone, just the methods and justification of how disarmament goes ahead are the sticking point.
I’m not saying France is right about its current actions, but I cannot agree with the current treatment they are getting.