“If any question why we died,
Tell them, because our fathers lied.”
It’s Remembrance Day today. Time to look at how the young men and women who are fighting the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and getting maimed in the process are doing. Not too good, as it turns out not quite unexpectedly. Injured soldiers’ families are accusing the British government of hiding away the unpleasant realities. The forces fighting in Afghanistan are streched to the limit. The British troops, still serving in Iraq are feeling the lack of interest in their plight. And, maybe worst of all, the ones sending them in harms way are incompetent or uncaring. And, while we are remembering the fallen, the next war is in the making.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Bush have met yesterday and both stressed the will to solve tensions with Iran diplomatically. But is that intention real or just window dressing ? The US is desperately seeking for any ammunition they can get against Iran. There is not much imagination necessary to picture the lengths that some interrogators are prepared to go, if they are pressured like this. If anything, Iran seemingly has reduced its involvement in Iraq. But planning for an attack on Iran before the end of the Bush Presidency is ongoing, it’s the consequences that are going to be left to a new President.
“It should be a walkover militarily,” said London-based defense analyst Andrew Brookes about any U.S. attempt to knock out the Islamic Republic’s atomic installations.
“The hard bit is what comes afterwards and that is opening Pandora’s box,” said Brookes of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) think-tank.
Time is running shorter, the real 2008 campaign seems to have begun. The Iowa caucus is less than 10 weeks away and the Democratic candidates are much closer in the polls, than expected three months ago. It’s not a done deal for Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton, though campaigning hard for his wife, may not really make a difference. The prospect of 28 years of Presidency by either a Bush or a Clinton is putting voters off. Even more so, as Hillary Clinton represents the Washington Way of politics and, looking at approval rates across all party lines, voters seem to be really put off by politics as ususal. And Hillary Clinton is not alone in the field, among others, there is John Edwards, who represents a much more distanced point of view, when it comes to the way your country is run:
“It is time for us as a party to stand up with some backbone and some strength,” he said. “We do not believe in allowing lobbyists to write the laws of the United States of America.”
“Backbone and Strength” so be it. On this note “Europeanview” wishes you all a good day and take care.