“name me one German gouvernment official who has allegedly profited from the OFF scandal. If proven, I will be outraged - before that, I’ll just wait for the facts.”
A quick search revealed this:
“In January 2003, two German businessmen were convicted of supplying weapons-making equipment to Saddam Hussein in violation of the U.N. embargo. Apparently, this was just the tip of the iceberg: according to an Iraqi weapons report to the U.N., over 80 German companies were involved in supplying Saddam’s military, some of which were still doing so just months before the war. “Of further embarrassment to Germany is that […] German companies make up more than half of the total number of institutions listed in the [Iraqi weapons] report,” the BBC noted.”
Care to contend that 80 German Companies didn’t have a “single German offical” contact?"
I apologize, hedo answered your list of alternatives to my satisfaction directly following your posting. I’ll comment upon your list as you requested.
“Alternative to attacking Iraq - almost too simple… How about not attacking Iraq? How about assessing the “threat” and concentrating on the real international issues - some of them even would have an effect on the war on terror (like supporting the middle-east peace process not pulling out of it for so long”
Hard to believe you are serious here. How many plans have we put forward in the last few years? Off the top of my head: The Mitchell plan, and the W. very detailed plan W. put forward in 2000.
Please refresh yourself on the reasons for these plans going awry. I’m not going to type them out for you here.
“bolstering and cleaning up the UN and making it a properly acting international body,”
Agreed. It is coming.
“joining the International Criminal Court”
Not a chance. Look it up. Plenty of EXTRA-vulnerabilities inherent in being an American Soldier in front of this court.
“putting pressure on Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and not to forget Russia and China towards embracing human rights,”
Please read the news. I suggest starting with google on each of these topics.
“trading less weapons, fighting hunger and poverty, giving the prisoners in Guantanamo Bay proper and fair trials”
" and … hm, and even going after Saddam with all of your allies’ support in the end)."
Which allies would that be? Our allies are involved currently. Check Coalition.
If you are referring to the “International Community” aka… Germany/France/Russia… Please see developing Oil for Food Scandal and guess at our chances to intice the massively bribed.
Oh, it must be nice to say “I’ll wait for the full investigation to come out.” W. didn’t have that luxury. There are plenty of undeniable facts regarding this scandal that HE KNEW. I’m sure he could connect the dots.
It doesn’t take Winston Churchill to be able to understand your odds of encouraging an ally to fight with you when someone like Chirac states, “Under no circumstance will we put the French military into Iraq.”
In short, I didn’t find anything particularly realistic about your “alternatives.”
It just falls too far short of the realities of the situation circa Februrary 2003.
I appreciate the sincere attempt, however.