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March 07, 2003

Money Where Your Mouth Is


I don't often find myself laughing out loud at much on the NY Times' op-ed page, but I can't help but quote from one rather interesting piece by Michael Walzer, "What a Little War in Iraq Could Do." Mr. Walzer's basic premise is that the U.S. could steer a middle course between full-scale invasion or backing down in the face of Iraqi-French-Russian intransigence by using a little war strategy: extending the no-fly zone to the entirety of Iraq, guarding once-inspected Iraqi premises with U.N. troops to ensure no return to WMD production, putting in place "smart sanctions" unilaterally and retaliating against countries that violate them, and insisting that France, in particular, show that it is serious by sending troops to the Gulf.

Otherwise, what [the French] are saying is that if things get very bad, they will unleash the American army.

I'm not sure Mr. Walzer is being intentionally witty, but he hit the nail of French self-centeredness on the head with that stroke.



posted by Friedrich at March 7, 2003


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