Iraq War Drumbeat: World Pushes Back Against America’s March to War


War ProtestsFebruary 11, 2003

Inter Press Service:

Transatlantic relations faced an unprecedented row Monday – with France spearheading efforts to slow the march to a U.S.-led war against Iraq.

Transatlantic relations faced an unprecedented row Monday – with France spearheading efforts to slow the march to a U.S.-led war against Iraq.

In a spectacular move, France, Russia and Germany called for strengthened United Nations weapons inspections in Iraq, aimed at peacefully disarming that country.

In another significant move Monday, France joined Belgium and Germany in refusing to support any NATO protection for Turkey in the event of an attack on Iraq.

The three countries said a decision ahead of the Security Council meeting next Friday, would constitute a “logic for war” and a failure for diplomacy.

U.S. Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Washington would go ahead with plans to boost Turkey’s defenses in advance of a possible war with Iraq despite objections from the three NATO allies.

CNN:

The British public believes the United States and North Korea are bigger threats to world peace than Iraq, a survey released on Tuesday shows.

Despite the global drama surrounding Iraq, three out of four Britons no longer see it as a major danger, according to the Channel 4 News poll.

The percentage of people who see Iraq as a threat has fallen to 23 percent from 40 percent in November.

Meanwhile, concern over North Korea, which has said it is resurrecting its nuclear weapons program, increased from 4 percent to 27 percent.

The perception of danger from the United States grew from 27 percent to 32 percent.

A majority, 61 percent, said they were convinced Iraq possesses banned weapons and that steps should be taken to keep them from falling into the hands of terrorists.

About the same percentage of respondents, 62 percent, said they would support the use of force against Iraq if a majority of U.N. Security Council members voted for it.

Half of the people survey said a war against Iraq would be wrong because of the loss of Iraqi civilian lives.

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