Saturday | March 22, 2003
Some fraying on the edges
Time for a war update.
Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia urged the United States and Iraq on Saturday to halt what it termed an illegitimate war which risked igniting further Arab anger.Fact is, other than Kuwait, none of Iraq's other neighbors have expressed support for this war. Given that they would have the most to fear from a militaristic Saddam, this just gives continuous proof that Saddam wasn't the threat Bush claimed he was.
Warm welcomes. Or maybe not
They were unforgettable images: Residents of this southern Iraqi town openly welcoming coalition forces. They danced in the streets as a picture of Saddam Hussein was torn down.And these are the people the REALLY hate Saddam. So much for flowers and waving US flags. This isn't the liberation of Kuwait City. This is an invasion. We are the invaders. Rarely do people welcome invaders with open arms.
Kurdish troops inside northern Iraq were in a tense standoff with Turkish forces late yesterday after Ankara deployed tanks and commandos at least 24km south of its border with Iraq, the London Sunday Telegraph reported.The US has desperately tried to pressure Turkey into staying out of the conflict. But after seeing the US flout the international community in its quest for war, Turkey is under no compulsion to show any restraint.
Under the Bush Doctrine, all Turkey has to do is refer to some future potential terrorist threat to justify its aggression against Iraqi Turkistan, and it has predictably done so. All norms of international conduct are moot. Any beligerant action can be easily justified. International opinion is irrelevant.
Welcome to Bush's Brave New World.