Poland could withdraw Iraq troops

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by PartTimePongo, Oct 4, 2004.

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  1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3713186.stm

     
  2. This could open the floodgates to further fragmentation of the coalition, such as it is. But at least the Poles have stood up and been counted. They've taken casualties and soldiered on regardless. Difficult to blame them for wanting out with honour on a reasonable timescale. Any bets on how long we'll be there?
     
  3. Call me a cynic here, but perhaps the French are applying pressure on the Poles to pull out and so undermine the US and UK stance on Iraq :?
     
  4. [quote="dui-lai Call me a cynic here, but perhaps the French are applying pressure on the Poles to pull out and so undermine the US and UK stance on Iraq :?[/quote]

    They're certainly old allies going back to Napoleonic times, but it's likelier the Poles would be influenced more by Washington than Paris. They need the investment greenbacks and they owe the US for backing their Nato membership. Who knows? You may be right that the French would try to exert pressure. The boys from the Quai d'Orsai would do anything to undermine Yank policy.
     
  5. Mind you, now the EU structural funds are rolling in, the incentive to do whatever the yanks say is considerably cut.