Just Because You're Paranoid...
One of the elements I think reasonable voters should take into account when hearing about how unpopular Bush has made the U. S. in the world is this one. Many of our most vocal critics - the ring leaders of world opposition - had a vested interest in maintaining the Saddam regime. Other critics have a vested interest in similar regimes, and are frightened that those might suffer the same fate.
Let’s face it; George ruined a lot of people’s plans, a lot of very powerful peoples plans. He broke a lot of rice bowls. The UN had a sweet deal going in Iraq until he came along and screwed it up for everyone. France had a sweet deal, 100 billion in oil contracts, weapons systems, infrastructure development. Germany had her hands in the Mesopotamian pie too, right up to her elbows. Russia was face down in the slop.
They gave us Afghanistan, they could hardly say no, but Iraq was always off limits. Once George decided to go into Iraq, the gloves came off. From that point on, George has made himself the target of a lot of people who made their living and kept their accounts in balance with the haul of cash made fencing the goods for Saddam and his family band of mad pirates.
This is where the Christopher Hitchens sorts have parted company with their former comrades in disgust. It is not serving the greater good of humanity to prop-up brutal tyrants, even if doing so allows you to oppose the hated George Bush.
More from Frank:
Because Iraq was the pusher, the juice, Iraq was the grocery store that cashed their bad third party checks and looked the other way. Do a bit of business with Iraq, and a little green grease goes your way when no one is looking.
The UN knew what was going on in Iraq, they knew damn well what a monster Saddam was. They just didn’t care. The UN did worse than just turning a blind eye, the UN enabled Saddam.
As the Oil for Food Scandal has made clear to any but those stubbornly unwilling to accept the facts, the U. N. is hardly some lofty institution with world peace and well-being as its guiding principal. The U. N. is a gathering house, no loftier than the member nations which participate. And some very brutal, ruthless, greedy nations form the majority of U. N. members.
I'm not someone who wishes to abolish the U. N. But I certainly want to break away from the mindset that believes it stands above our national sovereignty. It is neither world government, nor world judge, nor world moral compass.It's just a great big meeting hall.
Anyway, Frank has a lot more to say, and he says it better than me. Read the whole thing.