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December 12, 2003
Saudis Scold the Axis of Weasels

President Bush got support for his Iraqi rebuilding contract policy from an unusual source earlier today:

Countries that opposed the U.S. decision to invade Iraq (news - web sites) have no right to protest U.S. initiatives restricting reconstruction contracts to allies, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the United States, said Friday.

Bandar said he thought it was "amazing" that war opponents now "feel they have a right to share in the pie" of reconstruction contracts. He said even more dangerous than terrorists themselves are those who say they condemn terrorism but don't actively fight it.

There is a well-known saying in diplomatic circles that states, "Those who wish to join the feast must help to set the table." Had the Axis merely sat on the sidelines and not gotten involved -- like Canada -- that would be bad enough. But France, Germany, and Russia actively impeded our ability to fight and armed Saddam in defiance of international sanctions, and they fought to keep Saddam in power and maintain his oppressive and genocidal rule. At the end of all that, it's ghoulish to think that these moral midgets would benefit from the sacrifice we and our allies have made in liberating the Iraqis while they sat on their collective rear end and did their level best to see us fail, and are still trying, for that matter.

President Bush is correct. We cannot allow our enemies to attack us without severe consequences. In the same way, we cannot allow our putative friends to undermine us and attack our interests. Otherwise, we will have the same problems with them in the future that our feckless foreign policy of the past 30 years regarding the Islamists has brought us now.

UPDATE: If you want to see what good "friends" the Germans are, take a look at this post at Medienkritik regarding the open operation of fund-raising organizations for the Ba'ath remnants in Iraq:

In the spirit of peace, a number of groups have started a fund-raising campaign entitled “10 Euros for the Iraqi Resistance”. The money will be provided to the Iraqi Patriotic Alliance (IPA) a group dedicated to carrying out attacks against US soldiers in Iraq in collaboration with Saddam loyalists. The common goal is to "liberate” the Iraqi people from the evil imperialist American occupiers. On their website these groups gush with enthusiasm about turning Iraq into another Vietnam for the USA.

Where is the German government who claims to be America's friend? This is open support for terrorist organizations -- and the Germans are supposed to be blocking finances to terrorist groups. Do you want to see your tax dollars going to support German corporations and the German economy when the euros go to groups that are killing our soldiers?

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