Germany has confirmed it would work with France to introduce a new Security Council resolution aimed at disarming Iraq without war by strengthening the inspections regime and backing it up with United Nations peacekeepers. While Russia expressed cautious support for the Franco-German initiative, the United States, predictably, threw a hissy fit. Meanwhile, Belgium and possibly France will block the United States’ request to NATO to shore up Turkey’s defenses when war breaks out with Iraq.
Just a bit of housekeeping and blog information here. Over at NoWarBlog.org and Truth Laid Bear, there’s an interesting cross-blog debate on the upcoming war with Iraq. N.Z. Bear of Truth Laid Bair will be coordinating the pro-war side of the debate and Dr. Slack will be coordinating the anti-war side on his site. The very laudable goal of this, proposed by Bear, is to keep both sides from becoming “echo chambers.”