To be fair, I do detect a De Gaullist over-reaction in your argumentsâ€¦and I think this reaction is affecting your analysis of Iraqâ€™s potential danger to the world.
France helped us win our Revolution against England, but France really did not care for the US per se. It was the British they were fighting, and if the little upstart US could help France tweak the nose of the haughty British, then so be it. So through French hatred for the English, we benefited. But thank you nevertheless, as you really did help us during the late 1700â€™s. This historical strategy is coming back as we speakâ€¦. except with different players.
De Gaulle felt that he had been insulted by the British and Americans during WW2 and went out of his way to divorce himself from the Anglo-Americans after that war. To keep France an independent country he â€œtweakedâ€ the nose of his former allies as often as he could. He did this knowing two things: 1) that America and Britain were not a direct threat, and 2) that no matter how much he tweaked our noses, that we would help France if the Soviets invaded. So, sitting in perfect safety, with American and British forces playing the major part in protecting France from invasion; France blustered, complained, threatened and was basically a pain in the butt for NATO during the entire Cold War.
Today, France sees the power of America (and to a lesser extent the UK) as out of control. That is, out of Franceâ€™s control. France does not fear the US or the UK, but France is jealous of American power. France does fear Germany however, and France has spent years to successfully neutralize the great German masses, which they can somewhat control through the guise of the European Union. They cannot control America however, and that is driving them mad. So, France pushes the UN as much as they can to try to control America. Or better yet, what they see as the Anglo-American imperialismâ€¦ or better yet, non-French imperialism. This is very irritating for France.
The first step for France then, is to try to get America to take orders from the United Nations. There will be lots of pretty words and pontifications, but France needs America to be controlled. Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter were willing to accept UN sovereignty, but Reagan, Bush and Bush were not. This is why they and the other socialist states in Europe hate Bush so much. Bush is not one to fall under the spell of International Socialism under the guise of the European Union, nor is he willing to let a bunch of petty, anti-American diplomats in the UN dictate to America.
If the UN is unable to control the US then France will try to ally themselves with the more reputable governmentâ€™s of the world such as: Russia, the Arab countries, China, North Korea, Cuba et. al. The goal being to provide a block against Anglo-American power, which France sees as the devil incarnate. This actually may transpire in the future.
Most of these countries see the truth that France really would add very little to their ambitions. France is trying to find a strong, big brother that France can order around. France has Germany under their wing for the most part, but Germany is no longer a strong, big brother as measured in world terms. China would chuckle that France can help them in their Far Eastern ambitions. Russia is leery that France would like to start things that Russia would have to finish. So it is with the Arabs that France can make their play, tweak American noses and regain the attention they crave. Israel is the unfortunate pawn in this â€œwar.â€ For France is really at war with Anglo-America, and they have been for 50 years.
Ah, I must leave now. I will continue this tomorrow