Sandwiches en la Torre de la Vela

Asociacionismo, libertad y comida rápida, por Jahd

21 de Junio 2004

¿Paso al frente de qué aliados?

Editorial de Robert Kagan en el Washington Post de hoy:

The Allies Must Step Up

Critics of the Bush administration at home and abroad have long called for an early return of Iraqi sovereignty coupled with the internationalization of the assistance effort. The U.N. resolution that was passed unanimously June 8, though late in coming, does just that. What's more, the resolution reflects significant efforts by the Bush administration to meet the concerns of key nations that opposed the Iraq war in 2003. Iraq will enjoy full sovereignty after June 30, not limited sovereignty. Iraqi forces will be under Iraqi command, not the command of the multinational force. The mandate of the multinational force will expire once the political transition has been completed. And the forces will be withdrawn if the Iraqi government so desires.

France and Germany demanded a significant U.N. role, and they've gotten it. They demanded a rapid turnover of sovereignty to the Iraqis, and they got that, too. With the two countries having gotten their way in the negotiations on the resolution, the time has come for them to pitch in and join in the effort to build a peaceful, stable, democratic future for Iraq.
Unfortunately, now that the Bush administration has finally acquiesced to their requests, it appears that France and Germany are refusing to fulfill their end of the bargain. Leaders of both countries have declared they will not send troops to assist in Iraq under any circumstances. Still more troubling was French President Jacques Chirac's declaration at the Group of Eight summit last week that he opposed any NATO role in Iraq, even though the resolution France supported explicitly calls on "Member States and international and regional organizations to contribute assistance to the multinational force, including military forces."

The positions staked out by the French and German governments are an abdication of international responsibility.

(las negritas son mias)

Es que ya no puede decirse nada más de lo rastrero de la política internacional francesa y, en menor medida la alemana, y por ende, la europea. La Unión Europea se ha convertido en un aliado para nada de fiar, pero haciendo de mosca cojonera no se molestará lo más mínimo a los EEUU: es Europa quien tiene todas las de perder:

Many Europeans believe their problem is only with the Bush administration. That's a dangerous miscalculation. If John Kerry wins in November, one of his first acts will be to request Europe's help in Iraq. If France and Germany are intent on saying no, then future American administrations, including Kerry's, will have to reconsider the value of the alliance. Do Europeans really want to sever their strategic ties to the United States? If not, they need to understand that the ball is now in their court.

Yo diría más: many europeans son directamente imbéciles, porque hay cosas que ya no son una problema de estrechez de miras o cegera política, es simple mala fe basada en un antiamericanismo digno de estudio psiquiátrico.