Germany’s Deutsche Welle interviewed Iraq’s chargť d’affaires Muayad S. Hussian about how Iraq viewed the recent rift between Berlin and Washington over war with Iraq. Unsuprisingly Hussian is appreciative of Germany’s stance.
I can certainly understand his apprciativeness. Hussian is insistant upon the fact that Iraq is cooperating fully with the Security Council. True or not, Germany is enabling Iraq to maintain this position with some protection from a US led invasion.
The truely telling part lies in this portion of the interview:
Is Iraq going to make any concessions in the next couple of days? Can we expect any new initiatives from Iraq?
We are not making concessions. We are cooperating. I can tell you here that we are cooperating fully with the Security Council.
President Bush has said the game is over for Saddam Hussein. What will you do in the case of war?
We donít care about what they are saying about us because all the world is with us. Itís not easy to start a war against us because of this resistance. You can see that in statements from all countries throughout the world.
Do you think the U.S. would attack alone, without a U.N. resolution or other allies?
That would mean they would fight the whole world because itís not easy for the world to accept such aggression.
I donít think they could do it because the whole world is saying "no" to the war. This is just propaganda that they are going to do so. I think in the end they wonít be able to do anything because the world, all the states, all the nations, are saying "no" to the war.
The problem I see here is that it seems that everyone thinks the US won’t go it alone, and most likely they won’t, but the US can lead a multilateral ivasion of Iraw without UN approval and without the aid of NATO, France, Germany or any of the other big name countries opposing a war with Iraq. It isn’t only Germany, France and Russia that Iraq needs this sort of support from, it’s also countries like Turkey and Kuwait.
Now, the problem is that Iraq believes that there is a way to avoid voluntary and forced disarmament if they just hang on. German, France, et al are not paving a way to peace, they are paving the way for a surefire war.