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Thursday, April 24, 2003

Now the war was France's fault. Jack Straw, the UK Foreign Minister, says "I haven't blamed France for military action," but that, yeah, actually, he sorta has. Instead of accepting American diplomacy, inasmuch as that means absolute deference to American dominion and acceptance of its hyperpower thrusts into whatever region it deems financially fecund, France, as well as Russia, opposed any resolution authorizing force, cock-blocking Bush and Blair. But for those Ruskies and Frenchies, "war may have been avoided."

Straw strangely exempts the Teutonic east from criticism, despite German complicity in keeping a 2nd resolution from coming to the table. In historical logic I find hard to follow (then again, I studied mostly political theory in college, so), Straw says that Germany's Nazi past makes it more likely to come to peaceful terms with the Anglo-American coalition, which helped them out back then with the Marshall plan (nudge-nudge).

Is Straw saying that France is nursing a half-century grudge for not getting reconstruction money in WWII? So now we have our formula for coalition membership: get ruled by a tyrant, terrorize your citizenry, get invaded by America, rebuild on its terms, and then yield totally for eternity.

Ultimately, though, this testifies to disturbing new tactic deployed regularly by the imperial right. Shift blame and lie. Eppy's got a great blog below about Newt doing it to the State department, and the Times today covers the same tactic used against Iraq pretenders-to-the-throne. U.S. Warns Iraqi's Against Claiming Authority in Void. In a golden-bull missive that DOES NOT, really, really, really, DOES NOT resemble imperialism or an extended occupation AT ALL, the occupying military government as asserted the following:

"The coalition alone retains absolute authority within Iraq."

Now, where did that authority come from again? Was it the several lies on which the justification for the regime change rested, the nearly unanimous regional opposition among elites and the populace to an American presence in Iraq, the three-decade long material support of Saddam Hussein by American government agencies and corporations, or the absence of any multilateral legal and political approval for the invasion?