Powell: 30 Nations Are In Coalition
Posted 18 March 2003 - 08:01 PM
Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 12:52pm EST
Thirty nations have joined with the United States in a "coalition of the willing" to bring down Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and another 15 quietly have promised their support, Secretary of State Colin Powell said Tuesday.
Powell told reporters he had received assurances of open support in telephone conversations with the foreign ministers of Denmark and the Netherlands, but that Russian President Vladimir Putin had reaffirmed his opposition to war with Iraq in a telephone conversation with President Bush.
At the same time, Powell said Saddam Hussein so far had rejected Bush's demand that he leave Iraq, but that a number of countries were still trying to persuade the Iraqi president to go into exile.
"He has essentially dismissed the message," Powell said.
Asked when the United States may go to war against Iraq, the former Army general said he had "learned long ago not to make predictions."
The State Department released a list of the 30 countries, one of which, Japan, was identified as only a post-conflict member of the coalition.
Turkey was included, and Powell said even as the Turkish parliament debates a US proposal to use Turkish territory for an invasion of northern Iraq he was confident of Turkish cooperation in one form or another.
Powell also hinted that if the parliament accepts the US proposal the Bush administration might revive its offer of $6 billion in special economic assistance.
Powell said war plans have been drawn up designed to minimize Iraqi civilian casualties and to warn Iraqi commanders about their actions. He said the US aim was "to make it as quick as possible."
Powell also said he would not attend a UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday at which the chief UN weapons inspector, Hans Blix, is due to make a report.
Posted 18 March 2003 - 08:10 PM
The Netherlands (my country) is also in their so-called coalition, but the majority of the dutch population is against this war. We have supplied patriot missiles to protect Turkey and we are involved with troops in Afghanistan UN peace mission.
the complete list:
U.S. officials released a list of the nations they said would be part of the coalition including: Afghanistan, Albania, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Hungary, Italy and Japan, which it listed as "post-conflict."
The others were South Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and Uzbekistan
Posted 18 March 2003 - 08:13 PM
Well that'll come in useful.
"U.S. officials released a list of the nations they said would be part of the coalition including: Afghanistan, Albania, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Hungary, Italy and Japan, which it listed as "post-conflict."
The others were South Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and Uzbekistan"
That is a start, but it doesn't say what each country will be doing, other than the few we already know about.
Posted 18 March 2003 - 08:15 PM
But the gesture of participating counts for a lot, I think.
Everyone knows the US can do it on its own, but the coalition shows that the US isn't the only nation who considers Saddam a threat.
That's worth something.
Posted 18 March 2003 - 08:16 PM
And the Czechs have sent troops that specialize in cleaning up after chemical attacks.
The others are just supporting Bush in word, basicly because else there would have been repercussions. South-Korea and Japan are allies because they fear North Korea.
Ethiopa and Eritrea are probably allies because else the USA would have stopped food aid.
Posted 18 March 2003 - 08:18 PM
Nonsence. Just face the facts. The number of countries contributing a significant number of troops to do battle comes to a mere 3. 2 of which are doing so against massive public opposition.
Posted 19 March 2003 - 12:31 AM
have a good day all take due care all.
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