posted on Sep, 22 2006 @ 03:47 AM
I often read on the forum the [mainly US] discontent with the political position of the French and German governments. But why did they decide not to
support the war? There must have been a very good reason to decide so, after all France did participate in the first Gulf War.
As we've seen the Bush Administration extensively lobbied around the world for generating support and contribution to the war in Iraq. Pakistan did
get two options:
Pakistani intelligence sources told Asia Times Online that on the afternoon of September 11 itself, as well as on September 12 and 13, Armitage
met with Mahmoud with a stark choice: either Pakistan would help the US against al-Qaeda, or it would be bombed back to the Stone Age. Secretary of
State Colin Powell presented an ultimatum in the form of seven US demands.
I am aware of the fact that European countries had also been suppressed/forced to join the coalition of the willing
, since economic sanctions
would be applied if they would not support it.
France and Germany, from a military and political perspective, the most powerful countries of Europe that did decide not to join the coalition of
did probably resisted the pressure brought on them by the US.
Though, it sounds strange those countries did not want to contribute, after all we were told Saddam did form a threat to all of us.
I can only imagine one reason why they did not want to join the coalition: they were aware of the fact that Saddam did not form a threat at all. Both
countries have a powerful intelligence network and they probably did have agents in Iraq prior to the 2nd occupation.
Claiming that French are cowards is ignorant, after all they do have troops in Afghanistan and Africa. If they really felt action was required against
Iraq they wouldn't have hesitated to send the Foreign Legion.
(For the records, I am not French nor am I German)
[edit on 22-9-2006 by Mdv2]