Le Figaro, France’s right wing broadsheet, runs an interesting article which, here (in english), warns against anti-americanism. It certainly doesn’t labour over the ‘was it right to go to war’ argument. Instead it presents some pretty rational arguments centred around the US, in its view, being ‘unsuccessfully bogged down’ in the region as the prescient danger.
"France cannot welcome the destruction of the United States’ deterrent power. The United States is a difficult, sometimes even arrogant, ally, but it is an ally”
“In the absence of a real permanent UN force, the United States is the only permanent Security Council member that has a credible modern army, capable of being dispatched quickly to any part of the world. The problem is that this force no longer really inspires fear”
“Unfortunately for the West – and for world peace as a whole – the United States, by becoming bogged down in Iraq, has destroyed its deterrence power and thus its political credibility. Its advice, demands, and threats are much less heeded than they were even just three years ago”
In referring to the UN the piece ignores this inept and corrupt organisations contribution to world affairs. But overall the piece serves as a timely if somewhat foreboding reminder that the West faces a tough time ahead.
“The 21st century promises to be a century of dangerous religious, ethnic, political and economic rivalries, the world needs a global policeman. Until the United Nations has, as its Charter requires, established a military force of its own, the need for such a policeman will continue to make itself felt. And like it or not, this policeman is a US one"
For any mistakes it makes I’d agree that the US needs to be seen as that ‘policeman’, and to act, as the article notes, precisely as that deterrant power. I would argue that the rights and wrongs of the war, most regularly the wrongs, are overindulged by the western media with a singular almost obssessive aim. Often the arguments offer no real solutions, they ignore our duty to the Iraqi people, our own fallen soldiers and promote dangerous consequences for those soldiers still there who are fighting both a physical and a propaganda war