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September 13, 2002

So do we Want International "Cooperation"?

Demands by progressives for United Nations agreement to any military action by the US against Iraq sounds like a good idea to stem adventurism by the US military. Unfortunately, what it really means is giving Bush incentives to suck up to authoritarian militarists in Russia and China. See yesterday's announcement that the U.S. has labeled a small group in China as "terrorist" to placate the Chinese who are repressing rebels in its muslim western regions. Similarly, the US has been looking the other way as Russia conducts war against the Chechens, including threats to expand it to the country of Georgia.

So demanding UN approval may just mean a quid pro quo of expanded repression globally.

Posted by Nathan at September 13, 2002 09:56 AM

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True, but... where does that leaave us? I have to think that multilateralism is almost always better than unilateralism, and is definitely so in this instance, as a check on adventurism.

Posted by: Leo Casey at September 14, 2002 03:35 AM

Great point! And don't forget France, which will support the U.S. provided TotalFinaElf is given guarantees on exploiting Iraqi oil resources...

Posted by: Andrew Boucher at September 16, 2002 06:25 AM

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