Policing the world (was: A tale of...)

Arjen Kamphuis (mountain@knoware.nl)
Wed, 18 Mar 1998 14:16:43 +0100 (CET)

At 00:49 18-03-98 -0700 Anton Sherwood wrote:
>Arjen Kamphuis wrote:
>> .... In
>> the role of butt-kicking policeman they [USA] are still needed to cleanup
>> messes like Bosnia that European politicians, to their great shame,
>> to exist for several years on in their backyard.
>On the other hand, Washington also helped bring on the massacres with a
>one-sided arms embargo - one-sided because the Serbs were armed by the
>Jugoslav government. (I don't ask Washington to arm the victims, but I
>do ask that it refrain from disarming them in my name.)

Very true, but this does in no way excuse the behaviour of European
countries, especially since they supported this embargo wholeheartedly. The
combination of selective disarmament and non-intervention was very stupid.
While diplomats were negotiating in Geneva concentrationcamps were erected
not a thousand Km's away (deja-vu? - yes very much!). Same thing with
Saddam, everybody, and I mean everybody - US, Holland, Russia -, sold him
weapons during the eighties but when the shit hit the fan the US had to do
the heavy lifting.

OK, this is harldy Extropian so I'll shut up now and keep my frustrations
to myself ;-)


Arjen Kamphuis | "Here Be Dragons", read the ancient maps
mountain@knoware.nl | in all the white spots that seemed large
enough to hold the fabled creatures.

let's go dragon hunting.

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