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Who is in the coalition against Iraq?

  1. Mar 18, 2003 #1

    Another God

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    This question was asked on the streets of Washington by a news crew today, and I think it was a good question to ask.

    It would seem that most people only know of England and Spain, and of course America, and thats all. Very few ppl realised Australia is in it.

    The thing I wonder about though, is whether what they showed was an accurate sample of the people they asked, or whether it was just the sample that they wanted to show?

    Honestly though, I only knew of America, England and Australia. I never knew spain had anything to do with, or portugal. But then, I am not paying too much attention to such things. I know it is happening, and thats all I need to know isn't it?
     
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  3. Mar 18, 2003 #2

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    I believe that as of March 11th (I would expect some shifts in the past few days and perhaps in the future 24 hours) all of the countries below have offered SOME support either through use of bases, airspace and refueling space, actual armed forces or as in the case of the czech republic, its anti-chemical warfare unit.

    Australia, Bahrain, Britain, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Oman, Poland, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain, U.A.E., Uzbekistan, Yemen
     
  4. Mar 18, 2003 #3

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    NO military support from the Netherlands (in the past we have helped with defense).
     
  5. Mar 18, 2003 #4

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    From the Ha'aretz:
    Powell says "30 nations with U.S. in "coalition of the willing" to bring down Saddam, another 15 have quietly promised support"

    I'm wondering who are the other 25+?
     
  6. Mar 18, 2003 #5

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    President Bush was disappointed about the size of the coalition when he was informed that England, Britain and the United Kingdom were not three seperate countries.

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  7. Mar 18, 2003 #6

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    What?? That is hard to believe, could you name those? Kat only mentioned 17. And how do you quietly promise support? I thought you can only quietly be indifferent..

    So they have support from 45 nations, really
     
  8. Mar 18, 2003 #7
    LOL! That's hilarious. :smile:

    But to get back on track, I'm amazed that there are that many countries offering support. Most of the time you hear about the countries that oppose the US policy concerning this matter.
     
  9. Mar 18, 2003 #8

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    Monique- The link to the Haaretz article is here. It does not list the countries.

    http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/274159.html


    The Institue for Policy Studies, a left wing think tank in Washington DC (strongly opposed to this war) listed 2 weeks ago 34 nations that agreed either overtly or covertly to support the US war against Iraq, They were: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Oman, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

    I'd like to see an accurate updated list as of today if anyone has seen something comprehensive.
     
  10. Mar 19, 2003 #9
    You mean he can read those words?
     
  11. Mar 19, 2003 #10

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    Its surprising what you can achieve with a little arm twisting. There was an article about this in one of the recent issues of the Economist. Blair's doing most of the dirty work, though.

    Cant do much, though. The alpha male is in charge and is going through a particularly high surge of testosterone. We'll just have to hide in our caves and hope we dont get hurt in the cross-fire.
    We haven't really evolved much, have we ? :wink:

    - S.
     
  12. Mar 19, 2003 #11
    Come on Siv. What is it with you and your male-bashing. You know, a little testosterone might be exacltly what you need. It might mellow you out a bit.
     
  13. Mar 19, 2003 #12

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    All it takes is a phone call: "Hi George, I think you're right but if I vote in favor of a resolution in the UN, I'll lose my next election."

    You can also play both sides of the field that way: The French have promised to provide peacekeepers for after the war ends. "Hi George, I'm a greedy, selfish coward, but I want to be seen as having been a part of the winning team."
     
  14. Mar 19, 2003 #13
    I wonder what many of these countries "support" means?
     
  15. Mar 19, 2003 #14

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    I suggest you go and read up a little on what testosterone is :smile:

    BTW that was not male-bashing ... that was Bush/Republican criticism.

    - S.
     
  16. Mar 19, 2003 #15
    Bush is dictator !!!
     
  17. Mar 20, 2003 #16
    Acually , Bosh Doesn't Govern USA ... He Is Just A Doll In The Hands Of Others ....
    Bosh Is A Moron , That's The Correct Description He Can Be given.
     
  18. Mar 20, 2003 #17

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    I don't think we should jump to such far reaching conclusions that quickly. I personally agree that some of his policies are moronic, but politically he is far from a moron.
    And Bush is not really a dictator, as the majority of Americans do agree with the war. The same cannot be said for the majority of the so-called coalition of the willing, though.
     
  19. Mar 20, 2003 #18
    I'm certainly not but my Prime Minister is. I was one of the 500,000 odd that got oout on the streets in Australia. That's more than 5% of the entire population, not just taking part in a news poll but marching. The polls say that 77% of Australians are opposed to the war. I think to say that 'Australia' is among the coalition of the willing is a stretch, it's the Australian government.

    I think most of us here would prefer there not to be tyrranical dictatorships and wouldn't have as much of a problem if there was a concerted effot to bring democracy and justice to the world. The reality is that the war is based on fiscal outcomes alone.

    Raavin
     
  20. Mar 20, 2003 #19
    I am sure that the USA and its allies appreciate the help given to its special forces by Jordan. There is significant cooperation between US special forces and their counterparts in Jordan, a fact which is kept fairly quiet.

    By the way, whether Bush is a moron or not does not really matter. America is a democracy and when the electorate tires of president Bush, it will vote him out of office. This is a right not enjoyed by the people of Iraq. Soon, we hope, Iraq will be a democracy.
     
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