Replace France with India?

Thomas L. Friedman, in the New York Times Online (registration required), has an op-ed piece telling why he thinks France should be bumped off of the UN Security Council and be replaced by India. He has some good points.

Why replace France with India? Because India is the world’s biggest democracy, the world’s largest Hindu nation and the world’s second-largest Muslim nation, and, quite frankly, India is just so much more serious than France these days.

With France and Germany’s latest plan for avoiding a war with Iraq, I have to agree with him. India is so much more serious than France these days. Continuing to allow France veto power on the UN Security Council instead of recognizing the reodering of the world is just archaic and one of the reasons that the UN continues to be ineffective in world matters.

The one thing that really chaffe’s me is the insistance by so many people that the US wants to go to war over oil, which may well be true, but these same people seem to ignore the fact that a war could well be avoided if France would put its oil interest behind it and support a tough stance against Iraq.