Jacques Chirac is now saying that the only way he’ll sign off on a UN resolution is if the US transfers sovereignty "as soon as possible".
Either Chirac is a complete idiot and thinks that the Iraqi people can just build a completely new government and infrastructure out of nowhere when there is no force with enough legitimacy exists, or he’s making a completely cynical move to hinder the US at the UN Security Council.
In either case this is a demand that is completely unacceptable. Granting Iraq sovereignty now would virtually ensure that Iraq would collapse into anarchy. Either the Ba’ath Party would take power and continue Saddam’s bloody and violent reign, or the country would descend into a bloody civil war as Sunni, Shi’ite and Kurd fight for control of the shattered country.
The demands coming from France are simply unachievable. One cannot create democracy on a timetable. It takes years of civic and political development. Anything less than that risks destroying everything that has been done in the last six months.
Of course Chirac doesn’t give a damn for the Iraqi people. It doesn’t matter if they live in a democracy or are being slaughtered en masse by Ba’athist thugs. Iraq is no more than pawn in Chirac’s larger game of trying to constrain the US’ hyperpuissance and making France a global superpower. This entire debate his little to do with the future of Iraq, if Europe had the best interests of the Iraqi people at heart they would be giving aid immediately.
Instead the Axis of Weasels seem perfectly willing to let the Iraqi people out to dry. I simply can’t believe that they’d be dumb enough to think that they can say that on some arbitrary (and undoubtedly close) date the Iraqis will have a democracy from nothing and will be ready to run their own affairs. Such a position is ridiculous on a prima facie basis and the Weasels know it. This is has nothing to do with Iraq and everything to do with Europe’s superpower ambitions.
When President Bush goes to the UN this week, he’d damn well bring hell with him.