Friday, March 21, 2003
While some say the EU will not participate in the rebuilding, many others and here claim that the US has to involve other countries, and specifically the UN, in the rebuilding. Just today, Chirac was claiming that the UN must be involved.
Well, as far as I'm concerned, it's our (and Blair's ) party - we'll get to decide who to invite and under what terms.
I can think of many reasons why we wouldn't want French, German, Chinese and Russian participation - their involvement might actually make the job more difficult.
Sure, they can offer money. But the coalition of the willing has deep enough pockets so that we don't need their stinkin' money. And let's not forget that Iraq has enough oil resources of its own to fund its own rebuilding efforts.
Let's also not forget that these countries did their best to keep the liberation of Iraq from taking place - and that the Iraqi people will be fully aware of this. Not only that, these countries were Hussein's biggest trading partners and supplied many of the tools with which Hussein kept himself in power and used to terrorize the Iraqi people. The French and Germans will have absolutely no moral standing whatsoever with the Iraqi people. It's ludicrous (and consistent with their past behavior and their ego) that the French think otherwise.
They also will likely get in the way of what needs to be done. It's important that we produce the WMDs that so many anti-war protesters claimed didn't exist. Involving the Germans and French in this search is like asking Willie Sutton to help search for the bank robbery suspect. We need to publicize to the rest of the world the true nature of Hussein's regime. France and Germany have no interest in helping with this. We need to ensure that Iraq's people get a fresh start, one unbound by the contracts negotiated with Hussein, without the debts he incurred. We can't trust the French and Germans to deal fairly with the Iraqi people.
Finally, participating in the rebuilding of Iraq should be seen as an honor, one bestowed on those countries who are to be recognized for their contributions. Rebuilding Iraq is not the equivalent of little girl's soccer, where everybody gets a trophy for just showing up.