Today was a dark day for those of us who hoped to salvage some kind of shred of dignity from the United Nations. But as Andrew Sullivan wrote today, the UN hasn’t become like the League of Nations, it IS the League of Nations. For those of us who weren’t around at the time, read the Media Echo of Alistair Cooke’s Letter to America for a first-hand account of that institution.
What is more of a concern is how rotten the state of Europe is these days. Check out this article at the National Review written by General Ion Mihai Pacepa, highest-ranking intelligence officer ever to have defected from the former Soviet bloc. According to him, Joschka Fischer did more than beat up a policeman in 1973: he actively supported the Red Army and provided weapons for an attack in Austria in 1975 by “Carlos the Jackal”. In a related development, Richard Perle, has accused France of striking a deal with Saddam Hussein to oppose military action in return for a lucrative oil contract. This story appeared on Instapundit and can be viewed here. This seems to support Steven Den Beste and Andrew Sullivan’s assertions that France has been engaging in duplicitous behavior with the Iraqis in complete disregard of United Nations sanctions and American interests. From the American perspective, this could be viewed as a casus belli, an act of war.
Bush must act soon. The longer the wait, the worse the damage to American credibility and the harder the path will be to the liberation of Baghdad.