France Says Iraq War Now Would Split International Community, be seen as "illegitimate"- Yahoo! News 2/26/03
In light of the imminent war on Iraq, many countries have been showing opposition to the American determinedness to attack and disarm Iraq. The three main countries backing this opposition have been France, Germany, and Russia. They have submitted a proposal to the U.N. to disarm Iraq step-by-step, while Britain, Spain, and the United States have submitted a resolution that pave the way to war. Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Rafarrin has declared that a war with Iraq would divide the international community, and an American war on Iraq would be "...perceived as precipitous and illegitimate". France most likely is going to use their veto as one of the five permanent members of the Security Council to block war on Iraq.
It was also commented that France is not anti-American and that France will never forget how the Americans helped France remain a free country in both World Wars.
Also, the French believe that the majority of people in the world agree with the French- as demonstrated by the worldwide protests on February 15th. Millions of people poured into the streets in cities such as Tel Aviv (where Israelis and Palestinians shockingly protested together against war), Washington, D.C, London, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, Rome, Paris, Jakarta, Sydney, Mexico City, and many, many others. Many people believe that the only reason President Bush wants to go to war with Iraq is to set up a government friendlier towards Israel and America- in other words lower oil prices. One of the popular slogans at the protest was "Don't Kill for Petroleum" with an image of a small Iraqi girl with a gas pump to her head. Also, some people say that he...