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New York Times Editorial
    #1387906 - 03/18/03 12:16 PM (15 years, 1 month ago)

War in the Ruins of Diplomacy

America is on its way to war. President Bush has told Saddam Hussein to
depart or face attack. For Mr. Hussein, getting rid of weapons of mass
destruction is no longer an option. Diplomacy has been dismissed. Arms
inspectors, journalists and other civilians have been advised to leave

The country now stands at a decisive turning point, not just in regard
to the Iraq crisis, but in how it means to define its role in the
post-cold-war world. President Bush's father and then Bill Clinton
worked hard to infuse that role with America's traditions of idealism,
internationalism and multilateralism. Under George W. Bush, however,
Washington has charted a very different course. Allies have been
devalued and military force overvalued.

Now that logic is playing out in a war waged without the compulsion of
necessity, the endorsement of the United Nations or the company of
traditional allies. This page has never wavered in the belief that Mr.
Hussein must be disarmed. Our problem is with the wrongheaded way this
administration has gone about it.

Once the fighting begins, every American will be thinking primarily of
the safety of our troops, the success of their mission and the
minimization of Iraqi civilian casualties. It will not feel like the
right time for complaints about how America got to this point.

Today is the right time. This war crowns a period of terrible
diplomatic failure, Washington's worst in at least a generation. The
Bush administration now presides over unprecedented American military
might. What it risks squandering is not America's power, but an
essential part of its glory.

When this administration took office just over two years ago,
expectations were different. President Bush was a novice in
international affairs, while his father had been a master practitioner.
But the new president looked to have assembled an experienced national
security team. It included Colin Powell and Dick Cheney, who had helped
build the multinational coalition that fought the first Persian Gulf
war. Condoleezza Rice had helped manage a peaceful end for Europe's
war divisions. Donald Rumsfeld brought government and international
experience stretching back to the Ford administration. This seasoned
team was led by a man who had spoken forcefully as a presidential
candidate about the need for the United States to wear its power with
humility, to reach out to its allies and not be perceived as a bully.

But this did not turn out to be a team of steady veterans. The hubris
and mistakes that contributed to America's current isolation began long
before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. From the administration's first
days, it turned away from internationalism and the concerns of its
European allies by abandoning the Kyoto Protocol on global warming and
withdrawing America's signature from the treaty establishing the
International Criminal Court. Russia was bluntly told to accept
America's withdrawal from the Antiballistic Missile Treaty and the
expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization into the territory
of the former Soviet Union. In the Middle East, Washington
shortsightedly stepped backed from the worsening spiral of violence
between Israel and the Palestinians, ignoring the pleas of Arab, Muslim
and European countries. If other nations resist American leadership
today, part of the reason lies in this unhappy history.

The Atlantic alliance is now more deeply riven than at any time since
its creation more than a half-century ago. A promising new era of
cooperation with a democratizing Russia has been put at risk. China,
whose constructive incorporation into global affairs is crucial to the
peace of this century, has been needlessly estranged. Governments
the Muslim world, whose cooperation is so vital to the war against
terrorism, are now warily navigating between popular anger and American

The American-sponsored Security Council resolution that was withdrawn
yesterday had firm support from only four of the council's 15 members
and was opposed by major European powers like France, Germany and
Russia. Even the few leaders who have stuck with the Bush
administration, like Tony Blair of Britain and Jos? Mar?a Aznar of
Spain, have done so in the face of broad domestic opposition, which has
left them and their parties politically damaged.

There is no ignoring the role of Baghdad's game of cooperation without
content in this diplomatic debacle. And France, in its zest for
up to Washington, succeeded mainly in sending all the wrong signals to
Baghdad. But Washington's own destructive contributions were enormous:
its shifting goals and rationales, its increasingly arbitrary
timetables, its distaste for diplomatic give and take, its public
arm-twisting and its failure to convince most of the world of any
imminent danger.

The result is a war for a legitimate international goal against an
execrable tyranny, but one fought almost alone. At a time when America
most needs the world to see its actions in the best possible light,
will probably be seen in the worst. This result was neither
nor inevitable.


"It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong."--Voltaire

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Re: New York Times Editorial [Re: silversoul7]
    #1387929 - 03/18/03 12:23 PM (15 years, 1 month ago)

It's a weird (and uneasy) feeling to know that you are possibly witnessing the beginning of a major point in history. I can only wonder what the world will be like in 6 months, and how history will look back on all of this.

The above is an extract from my fictional novel, "The random postings of Edame".

In the beginning was the word. And man could not handle the word, and the hearing of the word, and he asked God to take away his ears so that he might live in peace without having to hear words which might upset his equinamity or corrupt the unblemished purity of his conscience.

And God, hearing this desperate plea from His creation, wrinkled His mighty brow for a moment and then leaned down toward man, beckoning that he should come close so as to hear all that was about to be revealed to him.

"Fuck you," He whispered, and frowned upon the pathetic supplicant before retreating to His heavens.

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Re: New York Times Editorial [Re: silversoul7]
    #1388811 - 03/18/03 05:34 PM (15 years, 1 month ago)

Nice, thanks for sharing...

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