Just in: Dubya catches Rumsfeld's "Henny Penny" disease. Thus spake the brain-damaged Commander in Chief: "The statue came down one day, and the next day the headlines read that there are disturbances. Well no kidding!"
Perhaps the President should read the headlines, or watch the news on TV? *Ooops* Sorry, sorry, wait, no no no ... I guess he shouldn't do that ... you know what happens when Dubya tries to watch TV and swallow at the same time.
With respect, I differ with the President of Lebanon on one matter of substance in this matter: I suggest that UN activity in Iraq is in no way contingent on US approval, so whether the Americans "pave the way" or not is beside the point. The UN need not ask, since the US has no right to obstruct, since it had no right to invade.
As for the prospect of US forces drawing down on UN Blue Berets, they have already developed the nasty habit of going blue-on-blue ... and then sweeping the matter under the carpet. (If you don't know, then don't form an opinion!)
Lahoud tells Americans to make room for UN in post-war Iraq - Lebanese President warns of global tension should washington act alone
"President Emile Lahoud urged Washington Friday to make room for the United Nations in post-war Iraq, saying sidelining the international body would create tension across the globe.
In meeting with law and political science students, Lahoud said the United States should “pave the way for the United Nations to resume its role in Iraq, because ignoring that role would have negative implication on international opinion toward the United States.”
He added that trivializing the UN’s role would undermine global and regional security by taking the world back to the “mentality of the Middle Ages and the law of the jungle.”
Lahoud told the students that the US-led war on Iraq had not lessened Lebanon’s commitment to UN resolutions and international law. Lebanon, he said, doesn’t believe in an international peace based on the force of a single powerful country."