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Is anyone really all that surprised? The US is going to bomb Iraq back to the stone age and withdraw just in time to make sure that British troops are the ones on the ground so that the US body-bag count is low. The fact that any resistence will be faced at Turkey doesn't concern the Bush as the Turks don't vote in Congressional elections coz they are just A-Rabs. If it was Israel on the other hand, you could expect to see a division or two of armoured inf and a few Patriot batteries shipped out in short order.
* KURDS WILL NOT TAKE PART IN U.S.-LED WAR - BARZANI
by Tanya Goudsouzian
Gulf News, 30th January
Salahuddin, Northern Iraq: The United States will not use areas
Kurdish control in a war against Baghdad, said Massoud Barzani,
the Kurdistan Regional Government in Northern Iraq.
"We are not in favour of a war," he told Gulf News in an exclusive
yesterday. "If there were any other means to achieve the same goal,
rather do that."
In response to a televised threat by Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister
Aziz, who said Baghdad would attack any government that assists the
taking military action against the ruling regime, Barzani said: "No
government can stop the U.S. from reaching any goalŠ (But) no attack
made from Kurdish-controlled areas."
why is everyone acting so suprised. This has been a French ambition since the 1960's to break up NATO and form a defence alliance based in Europe under their influence. The Germans also now see it that way. Wonder how long it'll be before Franco-German alliance propose our seat pn UN security council should go to Germany as a Major European Power.
Hopefully we will end any interest in a Euro army, how we ever entertained the idea is beyond me.
Whatever the rights or wrongs of the whole GWII issue, you can't have members of an organisation pick and choose when they want to play, you're in or out. Its not that the issue is about attacking anybody, it's about the defence of a country who feels threatened. Every member state should be doing their upmost to assist Turkey in it's call, not playing political power games.
Anyway I'd nuke the French, if for no other reason than six miserable years trying to learn their poxy language to then join the army and go to West Germany.