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May 18, 2005

WWII: A Response


A reader writes about my column:

You stated that "It should be no surprise that Germany did not join our enterprise in Iraq. When the French refused, we mocked them as "cheese-eating surrender monkeys."

This statement implies that the Germans and the French refused to join the Coalition to invade Iraq out of some noble purpose or higher moral standard. On the contrary, some fact checking might be in order here. It's been proven by UN and many other reports that the French and Germans (along with the Russians) were supporting Saddam Hussein's regime with economic and arms support. They were also participating in the oil for food outrage, acting as middlemen, providing a platform for Saddam to launder his money. You know this- you work at a newspaper. It's been all over every paper in the world! Therefore, I find the above statement by you to be a bit disingenuous, to say the least.

I'm not trying to suggest that the Germans have a higher moral standard about war so much as a more intimate knowledge of it, and therefore a more realistic way of applying the moral standards we all say we have. I don't think oil-for-food or money laundering have much to do with what the German people think and feel about this war, any more than I would think that some profits by Exxon or Mobil would determine how Americans felt about it. Some on the Left say we went in to benefit Halliburton, and you suggest that the Germans stayed out to benefit some of their own companies. Well, maybe; but I doubt it.

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Posted by Bruce Ramsey at May 18, 2005 01:17 PM



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