March 21, 2003
Alex Knapp lists all the countries that are supporting the U.S. in its actions in Iraq. Some commenters have pointed out that many of these countries are small and insignificant, and can't or haven't given us any money, unlike in the last Gulf War, so therefore their support doesn't count for much. Oh. Never mind then. Sorry, little buddy nations! You're not big enough to participate in the grownup world yet!
Posted by Andrea Harris at March 21, 2003 12:45 PM
Gee, the description of those countries who approved the war is pretty much the same as the description of those countries who opposed the war.
People who pooh-pooh the "smallness" of nations who support us are delusional if they think the support of even a "big" nation like France really makes much difference one way or another. The U.S. has pulled so far ahead of the rest of the world in terms of military and economic power that saying Poland's support isn't as valuable as Germany's is akin to arguing over whether a 1% improvement is as good as a 2%: technically, no, but who cares??
They stood up and were counted when we needed them to do so, which is more than we can say for some of our "allies." Their moral support right now is more important than any material support they could give.
I don't think that the size of a country is an issue, nor is the dollar contribution.
It's not a strip bar where there is a 2 drink minimum. These are countries who have weighed in their support, as opposed ot certain other countries who are still actively seeking to undermine us, not to mention renege on previous resolutions.