About that “Coalition of the Willing”
The more we learn about our 2003 “Coalition of the Willing” the more they seem to be the Coalition of the Threatened and Blackmailed.
(Lew Scannon already posted about this several days ago.)
The Chilean Ambassador to the United Nations, Heraldo Munoz, has a book coming out next month: “A Solitary War: A Diplomat's Chronicle of the Iraq War and Its Lessons.” The Downing Street Memos, “fixing the intelligence” — these are just the tip of the iceberg.
During the neocon-manufactured hysteria leading up to the March 2003 invasion, our government retaliated against all of our allies who wouldn’t support the invasion. Spying on their governments, trade reprisals, attempting to have their UN envoys recalled — if this is how we treat our friends and allies, no wonder we don’t have any. OK, Israel still likes us, and they promise to be nice to us as long we keep saying “how high sir?” every time they yell “Jump!”
According to Munoz’ book: “In the aftermath of the invasion, allies loyal to the United States were rejected, mocked and even punished” for their refusal to back a U.N. resolution authorizing military action against Iraq.
Prior to the Iraqi invasion, the UN Security Council had six members who were undecided about whether to authorize the attack. The U.S. and Britain were trying to coerce these six members, and the ambassadors from Mexico and Chile were trying to counter the American-British warmongering.
Sorry, but this is simply not done. The spoiled drug-addled Boy King is not used to being treated in this manner by a bunch of swarthy natives. Aguilar Zinser, Mexico’s then-national security advisor, accused the U.S. of treating Mexico like its “back yard.” Well, aren't they?