U.S.-U.K. alliance shows strains .

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U.S.-U.K. alliance shows strains .
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Mon, 03-31-2003 - 10:53am
Should the UN or the US take on the task of reconstructioning the leadership of Iraq after the war?

See link for complete article.........

http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20030330-014309-4317r

>"Informed observers say Blair shares other European leaders' distaste for a formula that installs a U.S. military administration because it makes the whole thing look more like occupation than liberation. "It is important... that the U.N. is involved, and that any post-conflict administration in Iraq is endorsed by it," Blair said in Washington.

But the Bush administration, still harboring resentment at the Security Council's failure to support the U.S.-led military action against Saddam, has no plans currently to give the United Nations a major role, beyond the humanitarian effort, in post-Saddam Iraq.

Compare Blair's view of how the reconstruction should proceed with Powell's testimony on the Hill last week. "We didn't take on the huge burden with our coalition partners not to be able to have significant dominating control over how it unfolds in the future," Powell declared. "(The United States) would not support handing everything over to the U.N., or someone designated by the U.N. to suddenly become in charge of the whole operation."



Blair would find it difficult to explain to his party why Britain was either a part of, or at least accepted, a de facto U.S. military occupation. The Downing Street view, as British commentators point out, is that a U.N.-governed reconstruction program, shared and under the authority of the United Nations would be a good way of healing differences in the international community. It would also make a start in repairing relations between the United States and Europe.

Can Blair use his special relationship with Bush to cobble up a compromise plan?"< (more)


Link to earlier posts on same subject..........


http://messageboards.ivillage.com/n/mb/message.asp?webtag=iv-elinthenews&msg=4627.1&ctx=128

 


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Registered: 03-23-2003
Mon, 03-31-2003 - 11:46am
Definitely the U.N. The Iraqi people should be allowed to construct their own government - not one dictated by the U.S. It's not our place to put in any kind of 'military government', no matter how temporary.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 03-31-2003 - 12:28pm
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The Iraqi people should be allowed to construct their own government

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Considering their political history the last century, doing that will cause worse war in Iraq than what's going on now.

No, we're going to see exiled Iraqi's being put in place by The United States to start their new government.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 03-31-2003 - 1:25pm
NOTHING will get done under the U.N....except allow ANOTHER

dictator to come to power. It is best the U.S. dictate the

new government.
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 03-31-2003 - 2:11pm
I thought we were not dictators, but liberators? why should we get to dictate the new governement, then whoever is put in place will just be a american puppet just like shah of iran was. If a new governement is to be sustained it should be arrived at by consensus of the iraqi people and with the guidance of the coalition, the un and world support.
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Registered: 03-23-2003
Mon, 03-31-2003 - 2:19pm
Considering our track record, I'm not sure that's advisable! LOL! Seriously though, do you really believe that whatever government WE install will survive? Hmmmm...are you sure that the 'exiled Iraqis' are any better than the current dictator? And how long will we maintain that 'temporary military government' before we let them take over? Do you have an objection to a U.N.-controlled temporary government (as opposed to just the U.S./Great Britain military government)? These are just questions that cross my mind every time I think about this situation....

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Registered: 03-23-2003
Mon, 03-31-2003 - 2:21pm
Well, we'll obviously never agree on this one! ;-) Consider how many 'dictators' WE'VE put in power already...