Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Can I get an AMEN!

It's a Global, American War on Terror
By Jack Kinsella

Although the US war on terror is ostensibly a global war with many allies, in reality, it is an American war on terror. And that is something we’d better get used to.

The mythical United Nations worshipped by the Left does not exist. The United Nations that does exist is united only in its opposition to all things Israeli, which, by definition, includes all things American.

If there is a single issue over which there is almost no division at the UN, it is the shared view that world peace will never be possible as long as Israel exists.

When an anti-Israeli resolution comes before General Assembly, the vote is always the same: the whole world votes in favor -- with the United States, Israel, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands opposed.

Our ‘closest allies’ at the UN -- according to the liberal left – include Germany, France and Russia. With allies like that, who needs enemies?

They claim to stand united with America against the terrorists -- provided the US doesn’t ask them to do anything EXCEPT stand. None of them seem particularly interested in DOING anything beyond that.

Not even the Russians. They are going after their own terrorists, but any claims of cross-cooperation are a fantasy, except in cases where it benefits Moscow.

America’s global war on terror remains America’s war, despite the very significant contributions from genuine allies like Australia, the UK, Poland and some of the former Eastern European Soviet bloc countries.

But both Tony Blair and John Howard are in deep trouble at home because of their courageous commitment to the US effort to liberate and rebuild Iraq. Both face tough re-election battles, and the central issue in each campaign revolves around Iraq and the war on terror.

On the other hand, our other alleged ‘allies’ at the UN, especially France, Germany and Russia, are not just sitting on their hands – they are actively helping terrorists and terror states procure and develop weapons of mass destruction.

As Bill Gertz explained in his book, ‘Treachery’, “intelligence reports showing French assistance to Saddam ongoing in the late winter of 2002 helped explain why France refused to deal harshly with Iraq and blocked U.S. moves at the United Nations.”

Iraq's Mirage F-1 fighter jets were made by France's Dassault Aviation. Its Gazelle attack helicopters were made by Aerospatiale, which became part of a consortium of European defense companies.

The State Department confirmed intelligence indicating the French had given support to Iraq's military.

The central figure in these weapons ties is French President Jacques Chirac. His relationship with Saddam dates to 1975, when, as prime minister, the French politician rolled out the red carpet when the Iraqi strongman visited Paris.

"I welcome you as my personal friend," Chirac told Saddam, then vice president of Iraq.

France's corrupt dealings with Saddam flourished throughout the 1990s, despite the strict arms embargo against Iraq imposed by the United Nations after the Persian Gulf War.

By 2000, France had become Iraq's largest supplier of military and dual-use equipment

In mid-March 2003, U.S. intelligence and defense officials confirmed that exporters in France had conspired with China to provide Iraq with chemicals used in making solid fuel for long-range missiles.

In April, 2003, an American A-10 Thunderbolt was shot down by Iraqi forces. The A10 was hit by a French-made Roland anti-aircraft missile. Army intelligence concluded that the French had sold the missile to the Iraqis within the past year.

A week later, a US Army team searching Iraqi weapons depots at the Baghdad airport discovered caches of French-made missiles.

One anti-aircraft missile, among a cache of 51 Roland-2s from a French-German manufacturing partnership, bore a label indicating that the batch was produced just months earlier.

Keep in mind that these weapons were being sold to Saddam Hussein’s government in violation of UN sanctions WHILE Dominique de Villepin was fighting tooth and nail at the UN to keep Saddam in power.

In May, Army intelligence found a stack of blank French passports in an Iraqi ministry. They found French-made trucks and radios as well as RPGs with French-made night sights.

A Defense Department-sponsored report produced in February identified France as one of the top three suppliers of Iraq's conventional arms, after Russia and China. The report revealed that France supplied 12 types of armaments and a total of 115,005 pieces -- while Iraq was under UN embargo.

Why would our allegedly closest allies arm our enemies – knowing those weapons will be used to kill Americans?

Because they hope we’ll lose. Even if America survives, they are hoping that it will result in a corresponding reduction of American power and influence – ending what Jacques Chirac dubbed a ‘unipolar’ world.

If al-Qaeda can successfully cripple America to the degree it is no longer the world’s only superpower, then the task of developing a counter-balance to American global influence becomes that much easier. And if a few million Americans die in the process, well, c’est la vie!

As a consequence, our alleged allies want no active role in it; unless and until they are certain that we are winning. In that case, they’ll be the first to clap us on the back and celebrate the "collective victory over world terrorism," and hope we’ll let bygones be bygones.


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