Friday :: Dec 10, 2004

The Dragon Stirring

by pessimist

At the risk of confronting some of our readers with even more information (as seems to be my wont this week), there is yet another major issue confronting the United States that needs some of the attention we keep paying to that little fracas over liquid tar in that rathole Saddam used to run.

China is making its move to become a dominant world power.

I've been saying - in concert with columnists far more visible than I - that China will be our replacement as the world leader at some point, primarily because George Worthless Bu$h has been squandering all of our political and diplomatic capital over an ill-conceived scheme by neocon fascists to rule the world through military control over petroleum resources.

If we needed proof that the war on drugs was truly a failure, This would be it. That stuff these guys have been smoking must be REALLY good!

In their drilling pipe dreams of empire, Bu$hCo overlooks this event of great import:

Solana: EU may lift arms ban on China early next year

The European Union says it is willing to work towards lifting the arms embargo on China, president of the European Council Jan Peter Balkenende has said. Netherlands Prime Minister Balkenende, who holds the 25-nation bloc's rotating presidency, confirmed that work to strengthen the application of the EU Code of Conduct on arms exports was continuing.

"China welcomes this positive signal," said Premier Wen Jiabao, adding it is beneficial to the sound development of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two sides and would not harm the interests of any other third party.

That statement is the key. What 'third party' could there be that is could affect but the United States?

There is a 'common knowledge' that in Asia, it it typical to say the opposite of what you really mean when discussing something of importance. I can't avow that this is a factual statement, but facts do indicate that there is a collision pending between the United States Titanic and the Chinese iceberg - and that water is mighty damn cold!

I'm going to present some of these facts.

"China bears significant responsibility for the maintenance of international and regional peace and stability," Vice-Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui said in Beijing before the summit, adding that as a responsible country, China will expand its co-ordination with the EU in the field.

The way I read this, China is declaring that they are picking up the role formerly played by the United States since 1945, since abandoned by George Warmonger Bu$h so that he can run rampant attempting to realize the BFEE/PNAC Petroleum Pirate Posse Plan for world domination through military force. This statement alone places China squarely in the path of Bu$hCo.

It's clear that China stands to gain from this agreement to lift the embargo at some point. What does the EU get out of it? A couple of things.

First, they delink from an increasingly unstable and dangerous United States. Their experiences in Iraq and elsewhere have demonstrated to them that our interests are going to come first, regardless of the consequences to those who assist us.

Second, follow the money. With the dollar in such a steep decline that the fiscal conservatives of the United States are beginning to scream, Europe needs to do something to ease the economic pressure on the Euro. As the US can no longer support the amount of European products we once did at a time when Europe is getting up off the economic floor, they have few other immediate options but to pursue China's vast wealth.

But there are some problems even with this strategy:

Europe and China: keeping pace with a growing giant

The main driving factor in the relationship between the two giants remains their economic ties. Although China is an attractive growth market for Europe, a growing number of European jobs are disappearing as companies move their production activities to the Asian giant.

China has dramatically strengthened its productivity in recent years. At the same time, the Chinese government, with its grip on the national economy still firm, has kept wages down. Add to this the undervalued Chinese currency, the yuan, and the picture is complete: an unbeatable competitive position. The yuan is pegged to the US dollar, hence its value against the Euro has dropped considerably in line with the American currency. This puts the People's Republic in a position where it not only produces very cheaply because of its low wages, but also export its products at extremely low prices because of the weak exchange rate. From the point of view of Europe, the situation is the reverse. The EU finds it ever more difficult to compete on the world market with China's cheap but, in terms of quality, increasingly better products.

Europe is doing all it can to improve ties with China, which explains the accommodating words expressed at the summit about the current arms embargo.

In the meantime, China is using its capital reserves to gain a foothold for itself elsewhere in the world. A prime example of this development is the recent acquisition of IBM's personal computer division by a Chinese computer giant which is totally unknown in Europe.

China is making its presence more felt in the rest of the world as evidenced by the almost 300 million dollars which it is contributing to Europe's Galileo satellite project.

With a little thought, it's clear to see that these last two moves by China may well prove to be extremely significant on many levels. There is the access to high-tech, something China is desperate for, and additional access to space technology. In addition, by funding the Galileo, China earns good will points with the EU. As the US used to know, good will points are more easily redeemed than 7.62mm rounds.

The Continental Mind On The Matter

So what is the feeling of the members of the EU?

Italy in favour of ending EU arms embargo against China

Italy has told the Chinese government that it favours the ending of a European Union embargo on sales of arms to China, the Corriere della Sera newspaper said on Monday, quoting Foreign Minister Gianfranco Fini.

And what does Italy get in return?

In a statement reported by Corriere della Sera, Fini also said that China had given support to Italy's position on plans to reform the United Nations. Fini has notably said that Italy opposes a proposal to increase the number of permanent members of the UN Security Council.

Cheap! Wal-Mart couldn't go that low!

Who's next?

Finland willing to lift China arms embargo

Finland’s Speaker of Parliament Paavo Lipponen (SDP) said in the Chinese capital Beijing on Tuesday that Finland would be willing to see the EU embargo on the sale of weapons to China lifted.

And Finland's reward?

Earlier on Tuesday Lipponen gave a speech at Tsinghua University, in which he emphasised the importance of accountability of power, an autonomous judiciary, and free access to information in a country governed by law.

A mere bagatelle! Only George W. Bu$h could give less to the Red States and get more! Who else has something to add?

France backs lifting of China arms embargo

France on Monday reiterated its support for an end to a European arms embargo imposed after the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989. "Of course we are in favour of a lifting of the embargo. It no longer corresponds to the reality of the Euro-Chinese strategic partnership," said foreign ministry spokeswoman Cecile Pozzo di Borgo.

Monday's Financial Times newspaper reported in the lead story of its European edition that Paris does not want the removal of the embargo to be contingent on an overall code of conduct aimed at giving more transparency to EU arms sales.

This article doesn't go on to state what France gets out of this deal, but this article does:

EADS to target China market if EU arms embargo lifted

Europe's largest aerospace and defense company EADS said Tuesday it would likely begin talks on potential military deals with Beijing if the European Union lifts a 15-year-old arms embargo on China. "Sure, once it happens, the embargo is lifted, we would get in touch with them (the Ministry of Defence) to try to understand what is their future demand," European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company chief executive Rainer Hertrich told journalists.

Besides being the major shareholder of commercial airplane maker Airbus, EADS also represents the manufacturers of military hardware ranging from fighter jets and missiles to air defense communication and surveillance systems.

All of which are equal or superior to equivlent American products.

France is part owner of EADS [PDF], so any benefit to EADS also benefits France - and sticks a finger in the eye of the New World.

Hey, it's a small payback for that nasty 'Old Europe' crack by that idiot 'THE' Donald 'Duck And Run' Rumsfeld!

Show Me The MONEY!

And now, what of another part of 'Old Europe' - Germany? They are much more open about their desires involving releasing China from the embargo.

Germany's Schroeder calls for EU to end arms embargo on China as Beijing signs contracts for Airbus jets, German goods

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on Monday called for an end to a 15-year-old European arms embargo on China imposed after the bloody crackdown on the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests, as the two countries signed contracts worth $2.1 billion for Airbus jets and other industrial goods.

That will offset those thousands of jobs the American firm GM cut from German factories just yesterday! Take that, Dumbya!

Germany and France are eager to do business with China's military, which is spending billions of dollars modernizing its arsenal, with much of the business now going to Russia.

Meanwhile, a $1.3 billion deal signed Monday calls for a state company that buys aircraft for China's airlines to purchase Airbus A319, A320 and A321 jets, according to German officials. Germany's DaimlerChrysler AG is a major shareholder in the European consortium that owns Airbus SAS.

You can wager your PT Cruiser that this has raised some eyebrows over at the Pentagon! Chrysler used to make the Army's tanks!

China also signed contracts with German industrial giant Siemens AG to purchase railway locomotives worth $480 million and power-generation equipment for $280 million, according to Schroeder's delegation.

Also Monday, the German leader attended the laying of a cornerstone for a new Beijing factory built by DaimlerChrysler and a Chinese joint-venture partner.

China says Germany has been its biggest European trading partner for three decades. In the first 10 months of this year, their trade totaled $43.6 billion, the official Xinhua News Agency said, citing figures from the Ministry of Commerce.

More on Sino-German trade:

China, Germany plan 17 trade pacts

China and Germany plan to sign 17 trade agreements, including lucrative orders for aircraft and railway equipment, during Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's visit to China from today. Leaders of several major German businesses will travel with Schroeder in China, with Siemens planning to sign a contract for 180 railway locomotives worth 360 million euro (US$453 million) and a power line for 210 million euro (US$264 million).

Executives of the Transrapid consortium, led by Siemens and Thyssen-Krupp, expect the Chinese government to give the green light this month for an extension to the world's first commercial magnetic levitation (maglev) line. Transrapid provided technology for the existing 30km, US$1 billion link to Shanghai's main airport, and the extension would complete a 180km line from Shanghai to Hangzhou.

During his three-day visit, Schroeder will open a Volkswagen joint-venture plant in China's northeastern city of Changchun which is set to produce 33,000 cars annually. He will also attend a groundbreaking ceremony in Beijing for a DaimlerChrysler plant which is planned to produce 18,000 cars per year.

China has replaced Japan as Germany's biggest Asian trading partner. Bilateral trade value between China and Germany jumped to more than US$43 billion in the first 10 months of this year, up some 30 percent.

The rapid growth of German exports to China has also trans-formed Germany into Beijing's biggest trading partner in Europe.

Germany is the biggest European foreign investor in China with a total direct investment valued at US$9.4 billion. About 1,800 German businesses have set up shop in China and 23 of the 30 biggest companies listed on the Frankfurt stock exchange are represented there.

But WAIT! That's Not All!

Germany gets a little something extra, something that they have been after since the end of WWII:

China has already voiced support for Germany having a permanent seat on the Security Council.

Considering China's agreement to back Italy's proposal to hold the size of the Security Council to its current size will make this juggling act very interesting!

Yuan-ing To Get Awake

China is going to swing a lot of economic muscle, and they certainly are aware they can accomplish non-economic goals with such power:

Beijing denies EU arms embargo linked to Airbus deal

Beijing has strongly rejected accusations of its blocking of a commercial deal for up to 1.4 billion dollars worth of Airbus planes due to the European Union's refusal to lift an arms embargo on China.

"For any kind of commercial contract it is up to the enterprises and companies involved to make the decision; it has nothing to do with the arms embargo," Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui told journalists.

He was commenting on a Wall Street Journal report that said Beijing was holding up a deal for five A380 planes, Airbus' newest jetliner, due to the EU's refusal to lift a 15-year-old ban on selling military equipment to China.

"My first to reaction is that I was surprised by the imagination of the journalist that wrote this report," Zhang said. "China is in a position to develop tourism; this requires more airplanes. We not only purchase Boeing aircraft, we buy Airbus aircraft and other models. As long as they are beneficial to China's aviation and China's tourism industry we will buy those airplanes."

This last statement is the clear example of what China meant by their comments presented here:

'EU Relations to Suffer if Arms Embargo Continues'

China has warned that continuing the European Union (EU) arms embargo on Beijing will negatively affect the relationship between them.

Chinese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Zhang Yesui told reporters in Beijing: "If the European Union continues to maintain the embargo, it doesn't serve the future development of bilateral relations… It is a kind of political discrimination.''

Yesui emphasized that China does not intend to buy arms from EU members and said if the embargo continues, it will absolutely affect relations.

Remember my 'common knowledge' comment above? Already, I have presented articles that refute this. Anyone with a brain - and that leaves out as many as 51% of American voters - can see that arms are exactly what this is about. The airliners and railroad locos and communications and power lines are dual use technologies, in the sense that everything each does can benefit either the public or the military. It's all in how they are used.

China is already staring down their gun barrels at the US over Taiwan. Taiwan is hoping to generate some sympathetic EU interest in their plight, but all of their weapons money goes to the US. What leverage do they have over the EU if they aren't shaking large wads of Taiwanese or Yankee dollars?

Actually, with the US dollar weakening daily, even that isn't so attractive anymore, is it?

But even so, Taiwan certainly still swings more influence than this poor land:

Tibet Supporters Call For Tough Stance From EU Leaders At China Summit

On Wednesday 8 December Tibetans and Tibet supporters from across Europe will converge on The Hague to urge European and Chinese leaders attending the annual EU-China Summit to place Tibet at the heart of the EU-China partnership. A series of public events focusing on the plight of the imprisoned Tibetan religious teacher Tenzin Delek Rinpoche and protesting against the possible lifting of the EU's arms embargo against China will be held on the central Plein during the day and will be followed by a peace march through the city to the Chinese Embassy.

Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, a well-known and respected religious teacher, was sentenced to death with a two-year suspension on 2 December 2002, on what appear to be trumped-up bombing charges. He had become the target of the Chinese authorities for his work fostering Tibetan Buddhism, developing social and cultural institutions and his allegiance to the Dalai Lama. Chinese officials have said recently that the two-year suspension comes to an end on January 23rd 2005.

"A decision to end the embargo without far-reaching and measurable improvements in human rights from China would be a surrender of principle and a political signal to a repressive regime like China that the EU places commercial considerations above fundamental human rights. China has not earned any 'reward' from the EU, and least of all in the form of weapons, which China has shown it is only too willing to use internally against political dissent," said Ms Tsering Jampa, Executive Director of ICT Europe.

Relax, Ms Jampa! China has agreed to support human rights!

China today said it is ready to ratify a key UN convention on human rights and urged the international community to acknowledge the "progress" made by Beijing on this sensitive front.

"We are ready for ratification of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights," Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman, Zhang Qiyue told reporters while commenting on the issue.

"Progress made by China on the human rights front should be acclaimed by the international community," Zhang added.

Some disagree, however:

Commentary: EU arms embargo and Chinese 'reform'

China's recent flurry of diplomatic activity with European nations to lift the arms embargo in place since the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre is the latest attempt by the country to buy its way out of accepting the lessons of history.

China often criticizes Japan for its lack of contrition for World War II atrocities by saying it needs to "take history as a mirror" for difficulties in bilateral relations today. Yet the new generation of Chinese Communist Party leaders cannot bring themselves to reflect and come clean on their party's own past.

Aside from the hundreds (if not thousands) who died during the Tiananmen Massacre, there were 10 million deaths during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) and 20-40 million who perished during a three-year famine brought about by the Great Leap Forward in the late 1950s.

It is ironic that German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder (who just completed his sixth visit to China in as many years) is one of two key leaders inspiring China to follow this course of action.

Germany's greatness as a nation and people in part derives from its ability to come to grips with a shameful period in 20th century history. The People's Republic of China, with a mixed record of very positive changes and also plenty of its own citizens' blood on its hands, has not.

Schroeder and his French counterpart, President Jacques Chirac, are Europe's leading proponents of a multipolar political system relying upon global and regional institutions such as the United Nations and the European Union, which compliment the increased interconnectedness of the global economy.

They are uncomfortable with the current international system where the United States is the world's sole superpower. A resumption of arms sales by the EU would help the Chinese develop strategic military capabilities, forming a long-term counterweight to the might of the United States.

Remember - I've repeatedly said this was coming!

The Chinese leadership not only wants to buy sophisticated weapons systems to counter the immediate threat of Taiwan independence, but as it has successfully done with many other industries, wield market access leverage to force technology transfers (foregoing the high cost of research and development) to upgrade their own military industrial complex, something most analysts believe to be an area where the country is a decade or more behind the United States.

A second agenda is to create a European Union that is less dependent on the United States both politically and economically. Any move by the EU to lift the embargo, for now impossible, would signal a clear hostile policy break with the United States and a level of European cohesion that looks to itself and Asia for long-term prosperity.

They aren't getting any prosperity from the US with the dollar being weakened until it can be drowned in the sink, much less the bathtub!

Here are another few more views about this situation from mere citizens (as far as we can tell). I present them without favor:

Lifting the EU Arms Ban for China

China has been very aggressively expanding its territory in the past 40 years. It has annexed Tibet, Inner Mongolia, and parts of India. It is making claims on islands as far south as the Philippines. China continues to support the most repressive regimes in the world including North Korea, Myanmar and Sudan. The Chinese return North Korean refugees to certain torture. The Chinese are the most responsible for nuclear proliferation giving bomb plans, technical help etc to Pakistan, Iran, and Libya and design assistance for long range missiles to Pakistan and Iran.. Their markets are rigid, and they don't allow foreign competition to compete on a level playing field, favoring local people. Sending arms to China would be an irresponsible act, as this would give an undemocratic regime a dangerous amount of new firepower. -- Warren Jackson

China is today a responsible and internationalist country, and Beijing's strong commitment to multi-lateralism is one crucial indicator of its future direction. The second issue is that if the EU/German defense industry wants to compete with the US and Russian weapon makers, it is imperative to cater to large markets in Asia. Chancellor Schröder is correct to point out that the time has come to increase defense trading and improve EU-China relations. -- Atilla A. Iftikhar

Welcome the Chinese with open arms but with eyes wide. A mutually beneficial relationship can be developed to begin to offset the undue and hostile pressure from the USA. Sad to say, my country has become so controlled by economic powers and concerns that our constant push for "democracy around the world" is no more than what Karl Marx said would be "wars for no other reason than to expand or develop world wide markets."

The US is not so much interested in everyone else's freedom as it is in its freedom to dominate world economic markets. Market dominated nations need ever growing markets elsewhere to continue to expand. The government's response to September 11 was only an excuse to attempt to secure future oil supplies.

Join China with the express plan of providing a viable and effective counterweight to US domination. A secondary consequence of such a working relationship would be economic benefits for Germany, the EU and for China as well. -- Roger Wilcox, Ohio, USA

Here's one American columnist's view of Schröder's 'misbehavior':

Schröder is rethinking German role vs. U.S.

Since Germany's military and strategic responsibilities in the Far East are virtually nil, Schröder's position demonstrates pretty substantial disregard for the American view that German and French arms sales to China (the real issue at hand) will not make Beijing less expansionist, more sensitive to human rights, or unvaryingly reliable.

Voices within the German government have said everyone should understand China feels itself "politically discriminated against." The idea has a violently counterinstinctive quality to it, but Schröder, who seems to want to cast himself as China's best friend in the West, may choose to make this case directly to George Bush when he travels to Europe in February in what is being described as a "reaching out" initiative by the White House.

If a proposed one-on-one Bush-Schröder meeting in Germany were to happen (it's not a sure thing), it would be tacked onto an appearance by the president in Brussels, involving both NATO and EU leaders. The grand idea there would be to proclaim a restoration of trans-Atlantic cooperation. In fact, whether the meeting takes place, and if it has an agenda with real content, is mostly up to the White House.

The Bush administration can go for the "warm and fuzzy," obliterating any real discussion of big issues. Or choose hard talk, which means specifics like Germany and Europe's stance on arms for China, German noninvolvement in Iraq, whether the U.S. wants Schröder's Germany to have a UN Security Council seat (again, no sure thing), and on a more cosmic level, if Schröder is willing to make a public commitment to the Americans about a Europe of the future that does not define itself in opposition to the United States.

As consensus views go, there is a fairly wide one in Europe that a "non-U.S.A." identity for Europe is firm if deniable French policy. This notion casts French and German resistance to the Iraq war as the basis of a genesis legend for a future Europe's arm's-length relationship with the United States.

This isn't the only 'In Your Face, George' that's going on!

EU, China to sign several agreements, including one on nuclear cooperation

"The EU in particular will benefit from access to the technology behind China's state-of-the-art nuclear energy facilities, at a time when Europe will have to start closing down its ageing experimental nuclear reactors," noted a Commission statement.

And China gets what for this generousity?

China's request to the EU to be granted full market economy status will also be discussed.

Once achieved, this ties the EU economically all the tighter to China - and away from Bu$hCo.

The Radioactive Yellow Peril, Part II

This isn't the only 'nukulur' pile being pitchblended. China is choosing to grease the Axis of Evil on both ends:

EU, China say Iran's nuclear issue should be solved by IAEA

A joint statement issued after the EU-China summit in the Hague Wednesday afternoon said, "China and the EU appreciate their respective efforts in facilitating a political resolution of the Iran nuclear issue.

"China and the EU welcome the agreement reached between France, Germany and the UK, supported by the High Representative, and Iran on Iran's suspension of enrichment related and reprocessing activities.

"Both China and the EU hope that progress will be made in the negotiations of the EU with Iran on a mutually acceptable agreement on long-term arrangements, that should include objective guarantees that Iran's nuclear program is exclusively for peaceful purposes, and that the Iran nuclear issue will be resolved within the framework of IAEA at the earliest opportunity," said the statement.

It noted that China appreciates the efforts of EU members in encouraging Libya's denunciation of its WMD programs through diplomatic negotiations.

For its part, the EU appreciates and supports China's positive and constructive role in facilitating a peaceful resolution of the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula.

"China and the EU reaffirm in this context their support for a Korean peninsula free of nuclear weapons."

The Payback? Recognition of Status!

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said China is emerging as a global player. "Developing the relationship will be one of the major priority of the Commission. I believe this is in the interest of both sides to strengthen this long term strategic relationship," he said.

By both sides, Barroso doesn't mean the US and China.

More and more, China is making strong diplomatic moves that undermine the American position, and makes it more likely that Bu$hCo bungling will speed up the process of de facto recognition of China as the world leader. Note the difference in language when the Belgian Ambassador to China speaks about the United States:

Nobody should intervene in China's internal affairs [abridged]

On Wednesday afternoon the Belgian Ambassador to China Mr. Gaston Van Duyse - Adam accepted an invitation to sit in the chat room of People's Daily Online where he communicated with the netizens for more than an hour. The following is excerpts from his dialogues with the netizens:

Netizen: Mr. Ambassador what is your personal relationship with friends in the Chinese political and business circles. Would you give us an example because in China, you know, we judge a person by his friends.

Ambassador: I know that very well. Let me say that I fell privileged to have long-time friends in the west and China. I have learned how complex it is to gain friendship with a Chinese. But when you crossed the threshold you have a friend for life.

Netizen: Mr. Ambassador, please introduce about the areas in which China and Belgium can cooperate and what do you think of the prospect of the cooperation between the two countries?

Ambassador: I believe that since September 11 all countries share common responsibility , I am delighted to see that my country and Europe for that matter share identical views with China. And seek about the multilateral approach of problems.

Netizen: The trade relations between China and Belgium will be even better in the future. But China is still a developing country. Export from China to other countries is low in price compared with the same kind of products from other countries. Perhaps this will incur some dissatisfaction in other countries, for example, the shoes burning event in Spain. What do you think the state leaders of the two countries should guide this development?

Ambassador: First of all we go into rapidly into situation whereby China starts to export products that are more and more sophisticated. Secondly we are all members of the WTO and WTO is a club and every club needs rules to be respected by all parties. The growth of China' economy helps also the neighboring countries Lao, Thailand, Cambodia to lift their economies up. So China is no longer a threat but a bonus, a plus of the region.

Netizen: Mr. Ambassador do you have any idea which kind of Belgian products will have advantages in the Chinese market?

Ambassador: I would say chemicals, pharmaceuticals, services and products with hi-tech added value.

Netizen: Mr. Ambassador what is Belgium's stand on the issue of arms and hi-technology sales to China?

Ambassador: Belgium is of the opinion that the weapon embargo became obsolete. We are absolutely on the same wavelength as our French partner in the EU. But we also are conscious that the decision will have to be taken by the council of the European Union by consensus.

Netizen: Mr. Ambassador please comment on the question of China's peaceful rise.

Ambassador: As a European first of all we welcome this rise. We welcome it in economic terms but also in political terms. We appreciate most of all China's role in the United Nations, which is a role of moderation. And it's creative with regard to the problem of non-proliferation.

Netizen: Mr. Ambassador if there were a war across the Taiwan Strait would that affect the trade, economic relations between China and Belgium? And what is the prospect?

Ambassador: First of all let's hope that wisdom prevails. We are all behind the "one China" policy. This demands sophisticated constraints and management. I congratulate China for the way it is dealing with this problem. And I am a believer that nobody should intervene in this internal Chinese affair.

Netizen: Mr. Ambassador I have a question for you. In today's world which country has the closest ties with the US.

Ambassador: I think that is a question you might better ask the US. But let me add that no doubt the European Union, my country are allies of Washington but it does not mean we have an agreement on everything.

Netizen: Mr. Ambassador what is your attitude toward the war in Iraq waged by the US-led coalition troops? And do you think the war in Iraq is justified or not?

Ambassador: My country was, is and will always be against the war in Iraq. This being said we have to be able to turn the page. We must try to find again a multilateral way with the United Nations, with the permanent members of the Security Council to put an end to what has been in my opinion a mistake. And I hope that our American friends will be open to listen to all views.

You are hoping against hope, Mr. Ambasador. Bu$hCo only has room in their pointy little heads for one view - dominate world oil production. Nothing else matters to them - not good relations with traditional allies, good trade relations, responsible foreign relations, economic and military security - nothing.

My way or the highway. With us or against us. And you don't need much of a scorecard to see who's standing with George.

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