It is uncanny that you should make an analogy to divorce. Charles Kupchan at the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations said, ''The question in my mind is not so much how to repair the Atlantic alliance but whether this will be an amicable separation or a nasty divorce.''
I think many people aren't really against France because it disagrees with American foreign policy. We just feel cheated because our "ally" didn't turn out to be as good a friend as we expected them to be.
Tensions will continue to be strained in post-war Iraq because France, Russia and Germany want to stake their claim in the new Iraq. That infuriates Americans because these countries didn't want to support us, but they are more than happy to profit off our blood, sweat and tears.
If you don't believe me, please read "Anti-War Front Collapses as Iraq Gold Rush Begins" from Arab News, Saudi Arabia - Apr 15, 2003. http://www.arabnews.com/Article.asp?ID=25269
Here is a short clip from the article: ï¿½They couldnï¿½t prevent the war, but that hasnï¿½t stopped the ï¿½Non-Nyet-Neinï¿½ coalition of France, Russia and Germany from staking their individual claims to a role in shaping, and profiting from, the new Iraqï¿½All three have sounded conciliatory in the past week, while saying they want to see the United Nations play the lead role in postwar reconstruction ï¿½ tactics widely seen as an effort to avoid being locked out of business deals by the United Statesï¿½France led the drive to prevent a war and threatened to use its veto at the UN Security Council to block any resolution authorizing military action against Iraq.ï¿½
Here is another strike against France: Daniel Howes from the Detriot News wrote, "Washington and its allies in Britain should expose the French, German and Russian companies that did business with Saddam Hussein in defiance of United Nations rules. Those who broke the rules and effectively supported his machine -- particularly if they supplied anything used in weaponry -- should be denied access to any business in a new Iraq."
I am not necessarily saying I agree with what is being printed in the press, but when Americans read stories like this it makes them upset and angry. <img src="/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" />