There are two important things to note here. First of all, this is the first time France
(traditionally enemies on the political battlefield) have come down in agreement on something against the United States
. This points towards the growing rift in the UN
, between those that support the US
and those that do not. This rift is causing major ripples in the European Union, and making everyone consider the very real possibility of another World War
The other thing to note is the fact that France is saying this, while all the while preparing for their own war in the Ivory Coast. Is it possible that France is not ready to defend itself if it needs to?
What is not being said is that which is lurking behind everyone's words and thoughts: What will happen if the United States proceeds with this action, and others step up in support of Iraq? Is the United States prepared to deal with an attack on multiple fronts against fresh, prepared units, instead of a single front the US has kept battered into submission for several years? Is the United States prepared to launch World War III, all over one crazy little dicator?