Free at last after decades of Baathist tyranny, its oil wealth now held in trust for the people, in line for massive infusion of Western humanitarian aid and hopes are high that it will soon become the most democratic state in the Arab world. And France no longer wants to have anything to do with it.
Won its war with less effort, fewer casualties and in less time than critics feared. Enjoys a much-needed economic boost as a consequence of the quick conflict, which takes oil prices down. Cheering Iraqis confirm that the Arab street is ready for Starbucks on the corner. And France no longer wants to have anything to do with it.
The new Gulf
Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates Smaller Arab states who took a big risk by backing the war against Saddam. It is no coincidence that states such as Qatar are modernising themselves in a way that shames their big brother, Saudi Arabia.
John Howard, the most consistently underestimated leader on the world stage, defied vocal opposition to affirm the commitment of the Anglosphere to fighting fascism. His judgment once again vindicated, Australia confirms its place as the US’s key ally in the Pacific.
Pivotal nation of “new Europe”. Its Government may be in difficulties, but the nation whose sons played such a distinguished part in the skies over Kent during the Battle of Britain also contributed forces to the liberation of Iraq. The country that gave birth to Solidarity showed it knows what that means when it counts.
As chair of the UN Security Council, this tiny equatorial African nation enjoyed its own hour in the sun. Visited, and fêted, by foreign ministers from both sides of the Iraq debate, the blandishments of the West should go some way to easing its people’s plight.
José María Aznar’s place alongside Bush and Blair at the Azores summit confirmed Madrid’s new status. Spain used its position on the UN Security Council to confirm its place as a force for modernisation in the EU, and a genuine Atlantic power. Aznar’s bravery means the benefits to Spain will outlast his premiership.
Confirmed as the most influential ally of the world’s No 1 power. Its troops are recognised as the world’s most effective in winning battles as well as hearts and minds. Has emerged as natural leader of “new Europe”. And France no longer wants to have anything to do with the UK
In the first Gulf War, Brussels refused to supply Nato allies with ammo. In the second Gulf War, Brussels refused to give its Nato allies any support at all. As a consequence, Belgium is now as relevant as Andorra, but without the pleasant climate. And as respected as Burkina Faso, but without the geopolitical weight.
Who do you think you are kidding, President Assad? The man who claimed to be an Arab moderniser was Saddam’s best buddy throughout the war. Now that one national socialist Arab tyranny has gone, is it too much to hope that the Damascus regime will face an early Baath?
Konrad Adenauer built modern Germany on two solid pillars. He pledged that his country would never again follow its own “special path” and promised to stick close to the United States as the nation that guaranteed German security. Gerhard Schröder’s Germany has broken both golden rules by going out on an anti-American limb. It’ll take time to pick up the pieces.
The weapons that it sold Saddam are a smoking heap, its revived friendship with the United States has been compromised, its oil resources are suddenly worth a lot less now. Come back Yeltsin, all is forgiven.
With Saddam gone, attention now turns to the family oil firm masquerading as a nation to the south. How much longer can this theocratic museum-piece resist the pressure for change?
While the world’s attention has been elsewhere, President Mugabe has piled additional miseries on his own people. How much longer can he be allowed to get away with it?
Now that the wind is in the sails of those arguing for democratisation of the Muslim world, how will General Musharraf respond? And as if that, and problems in Kashmir, weren’t worrying enough, pressure is growing for the traditional rival India to be given a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. In place of ...
Saddam’s demise deprives President Chirac of a close personal friend and a reliable purchaser of traditional Gallic produce such as nuclear weapons facilities, Mirage jets, Sam missiles and assorted Exocets.