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Old 01-30-2003, 11:20 AM
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Big news this morning. There is an op/ed piece in the Wall Street Journal where eight European Leaders Voice their support for the U.S. on Iraq.

The coalition has always included Britain, Australia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar. Now joining the principled are: Spain, Italy, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic Denmark, Portugal.

Looks like I wasnít the only one moved by the Presidents speech! And, if that doesnít look like a big enough group of countries for you, here is a different perspective. The coalition now probably represents two thirds of the worlds GDP, four Islamic countries, and four countries who until recently were behind the iron curtain.

France and Russia are still on the fence, but thatís typical of both of them. Playing hard to get and putting their own interests first. They will come around soon. Then Germany will be isolated and feeling irrelevant just like the United Nations!

Here it is in case you donít have access to the WSJ Ė enjoy!

United We Stand
By Jose Maria Aznar, Jose-Manuel Durao Barroso, Silvio Berlusconi, Tony Blair, Vaclav Havel, Peter Medgyessy, Leszek Miller And Anders Fogh Rasmussen
The real bond between the U.S. and Europe is the values we share: democracy, individual freedom, human rights and the Rule of Law. These values crossed the Atlantic with those who sailed from Europe to help create the United States of America. Today they are under greater threat than ever.
The attacks of Sept. 11 showed just how far terrorists -- the enemies of our common values -- are prepared to go to destroy them. Those outrages were an attack on all of us. In standing firm in defense of these principles, the governments and people of the U.S. and Europe have amply demonstrated the strength of their convictions. Today more than ever, the transatlantic bond is a guarantee of our freedom.
We in Europe have a relationship with the U.S. which has stood the test of time. Thanks in large part to American bravery, generosity and farsightedness, Europe was set free from the two forms of tyranny that devastated our continent in the 20th century: Nazism and Communism. Thanks, too, to the continued cooperation between Europe and the U.S. we have managed to guarantee peace and freedom on our continent. The transatlantic relationship must not become a casualty of the current Iraqi regime's persistent attempts to threaten world security.
In today's world, more than ever before, it is vital that we preserve that unity and cohesion. We know that success in the day-to-day battle against terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction demands unwavering determination and firm international cohesion on the part of all countries for whom freedom is precious.
The Iraqi regime and its weapons of mass destruction represent a clear threat to world security. This danger has been explicitly recognized by the U.N. All of us are bound by Security Council Resolution 1441, which was adopted unanimously. We Europeans have since reiterated our backing for Resolution 1441, our wish to pursue the U.N. route, and our support for the Security Council at the Prague NATO Summit and the Copenhagen European Council.
In doing so, we sent a clear, firm and unequivocal message that we would rid the world of the danger posed by Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. We must remain united in insisting that his regime be disarmed. The solidarity, cohesion and determination of the international community are our best hope of achieving this peacefully. Our strength lies in unity.
The combination of weapons of mass destruction and terrorism is a threat of incalculable consequences. It is one at which all of us should feel concerned. Resolution 1441 is Saddam Hussein's last chance to disarm using peaceful means. The opportunity to avoid greater confrontation rests with him. Sadly this week the U.N. weapons inspectors have confirmed that his long-established pattern of deception, denial and non-compliance with U.N. Security Council resolutions is continuing.
Europe has no quarrel with the Iraqi people. Indeed, they are the first victims of Iraq's current brutal regime. Our goal is to safeguard world peace and security by ensuring that this regime gives up its weapons of mass destruction. Our governments have a common responsibility to face this threat. Failure to do so would be nothing less than negligent to our own citizens and to the wider world.
The U.N. Charter charges the Security Council with the task of preserving international peace and security. To do so, the Security Council must maintain its credibility by ensuring full compliance with its resolutions. We cannot allow a dictator to systematically violate those resolutions. If they are not complied with, the Security Council will lose its credibility and world peace will suffer as a result. We are confident that the Security Council will face up to its responsibilities.
Messrs. Aznar, Durao Barroso, Berlusconi, Blair, Medgyessy, Miller and Fogh Rasmussen are, respectively, the prime ministers of Spain, Portugal, Italy, the U.K., Hungary, Poland and Denmark. Mr. Havel is the Czech president.
Updated January 30, 2003 12:08 a.m. EST
 
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That's great, I knew it wouldn't be long.

It's easy to see the frustration of certain nations who simply can't afford to, or are afraid to be outspoken about certain issues. This being one of them. Believe me, the world is with us, it just takes time to culminate 'safety in numbers'.

With opinions swaying, Europe will come around.
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good speech old man but you'r a little verbose.
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good speech old man but you'r a little verbose.
"Verbose?" Ok, nice word usage. Will give you credit for that one. Now capitalize the first word in your sentence and fix "you'r."
 
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Screw the French!!!! Anybody that surrenders their entire country in 24 hours should not even be allowed to have a country!!!
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France needs more proof. What they are saying is that Saddam is more trustworthy than President Bush. What gives? I think they are scared of Iraq and don't want to be on his chit list, they know we won't do anything to France.
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Who cares about France....Do they really matter??
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Screw the French!!!! Anybody that surrenders their entire country in 24 hours should not even be allowed to have a country!!!
Oui Oui
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What u talkn bout?
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I've disliked those sissy frenchies since they didn't want the US in their airspace when we went after Khadafi. They damn sure didn't mind the US in their airspace during WWII. Commie, sissy bastards. I wish we could catch them with some banned weapons.
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