Who'd want their approval anyway?
Posted by aogMonday, 06 October 2003 at 08:15 TrackBack Ping URL

There’s a constant harping on President Bush and his “cowboy” foreign policy, which doesn’t pay enough deference to world opinion. Yet there’s never any thought given to the price paid for that deference. We just look at the situation in Iraq to see the price the US and the Iraqis have paid for the former President Bush’s deference to world opinion during the Gulf War and its aftermath.

It was that deference that left Saddam Hussein and the Ba’ath in charge of Iraq, free to brutalize and kill hundreds of thousands of Iraqis.

It was that deference that lead the US to stain its honor by leaving the Iraqi rebels of 1991 to die, along with the ecological catastrophe and near genocide of the Marsh Arabs of southern Iraq.

It was that deference that lead to over a decade of sanctions against Iraq.

It was that deference that let the Ba’ath persue their fantasies of weapons of mass destruction while leaving the infrastructure of Iraq to rot.

And now we’re supposed to have the deference again? Not only is that repugnant on its face, but why should any nation that seeks to do good even desire the approval of those who think these kind of results are proper? Evil does not become good because it’s approved by the United Nations.