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#1 uglybastard

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Posted 18 March 2003 - 08:01 PM

Powell: 30 nations in anti-Iraq coalition
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.
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#2 zxb

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Posted 18 March 2003 - 08:07 PM

Precisely how many of these countries have contributed significant numbers of troops to do battle though?
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Posted 18 March 2003 - 08:09 PM

No. The countries weren't listed.
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Posted 18 March 2003 - 08:10 PM

Denmark is sending a submarine.

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
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Posted 18 March 2003 - 08:13 PM

"Denmark is sending a submarine"

Well that'll come in useful. :D

"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.
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Posted 18 March 2003 - 08:15 PM

Just from what I've read in the past, the US, Britain, and Australia are supplying sizeable amounts of troops.

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.
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Posted 18 March 2003 - 08:16 PM

The Aussis have troops there as well.
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.
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Posted 18 March 2003 - 08:18 PM

"But the gesture of participating counts for a lot, I think"

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.
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Posted 18 March 2003 - 08:22 PM

zxb said, 'Nonsence. '

That's your opinion.
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Posted 18 March 2003 - 08:30 PM

'The U.S. is going to be lucky to come out of this intact...really lucky!'

Eh?

What?
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Posted 18 March 2003 - 08:33 PM

1) The Soviet Union had much more support for the invasion of Afghanistan.

2) Hitler had much more public support for his war.
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Posted 18 March 2003 - 08:51 PM

Now if any of these countries are willing to put money where their mouth is it would mean something.

So how much is this going to cost? I mean to feed the mouths of those 30 coalition members?


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Posted 18 March 2003 - 08:53 PM

Originally posted by uglybastard
But the gesture of participating counts for a lot, I think.
That's worth something.




Its worth over 20 bil to israel and 26 bil to turkey, alone.

:P
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#14 nitemere

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Posted 19 March 2003 - 12:31 AM

sure this united states government as by sec. state colin powell words have 30 accessories to this crime of piracy in iraq but who cares. the children who die in iraq will only die needlessly and the warmonger B U S H....JR. will suffer a terrible fate inscribed in the history of our times because of his on going mental illness.

have a good day all take due care all.
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#15 MirrorMan

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Posted 25 November 2004 - 12:50 AM

What happened to that Danish submarine?
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#16 zxb

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Posted 25 November 2004 - 12:54 AM

Superceded by dolphins! :D:D:D
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