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2003-09-26 Iraq
A Look at the "Unilateral" Forces in Iraq
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Posted by Steve 2003-09-26 4:25:34 PM|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [400 views since 2007-05-07]  Top

#1 We seem to have a growing list of friends. I'm glad to see that.

Actually, I'm sure there are many reasons these countries have sent peace-keepers to Iraq. One I think is primary in the mind of every leader of any nation on earth is, "we may be next" - not that the United States may invade them next, but that they may be the target of Islamic fanatics. Having a few people well-trained in how to deal with that kind of situation, plus the good wishes of the United States, can be the difference between an "incident" and a "disaster".

Whatever the reason, we're glad to have you, and have a (insert national drink of choice) on us!
Posted by Old Patriot  2003-9-26 4:47:59 PM|| [http://users.codenet.net/mweather/default.htm]  2003-9-26 4:47:59 PM|| Front Page Top

#2 Funny how Canada, supposedly a nation of "peacekeepers", is not on this list.
Posted by LMJ 2003-9-26 5:05:44 PM||   2003-9-26 5:05:44 PM|| Front Page Top

#3 Apparently, this is the multilateral form of unilateralism... :-)
Posted by snellenr  2003-9-26 5:18:26 PM||   2003-9-26 5:18:26 PM|| Front Page Top

#4 PM Bertie Ahern of the Republic of Ireland was in Albany, NY, last week and apparently mentioned that the Irish may soon join the "Unilateral" force.

I've also read (sorry, no link) that Finland may sign on, too.
Posted by JDB 2003-9-26 5:22:54 PM||   2003-9-26 5:22:54 PM|| Front Page Top

#5 thank you Mexico...oh, wait, not there? Must be because your crack troops are deployed along the border to prevent illegal immigration and drug trafficking...er, not there either?
Posted by Frank G  2003-9-26 6:19:24 PM||   2003-9-26 6:19:24 PM|| Front Page Top

#6 The Canadians have a total of nine infantry battalions in their army, and about three or so are currently committed to peacekeeping duties in the Balkans and Afghanistan. Its not that they are unwilling (well they probably are), its that they haven't any troops left to deploy, at least not without going on a wartime basis.
Posted by Anonymous 2003-9-26 8:05:33 PM||   2003-9-26 8:05:33 PM|| Front Page Top

#7 The Canadians have a total of nine infantry battalions in their army, and about three or so are currently committed to peacekeeping duties in the Balkans and Afghanistan. Its not that they are unwilling (well they probably are), its that they haven't any troops left to deploy, at least not without going on a wartime basis.
Posted by Anonymous 2003-9-26 8:07:52 PM||   2003-9-26 8:07:52 PM|| Front Page Top

#8 Yes. The Canadian practice is to have, at any one time, three battalions on duty, three training for duty, and three rotated off for rest. They're already full up with other comittments, including Afghanistan.

Sad. They were a very credible second tier force.
Posted by Ptah  2003-9-26 8:22:38 PM|| [http://www.crusaderwarcollege.org]  2003-9-26 8:22:38 PM|| Front Page Top

#9 Geebus.... Canada used to keep a jumbo Brigade in Germany... a sort of mini-division.

Posted by Shipman 2003-9-26 8:31:23 PM||   2003-9-26 8:31:23 PM|| Front Page Top

#10 Mexico: real pals. Interesting how at the UN, Vicente made sure he was in the photo op with Bush and a few other bigs...

Did anyone else notice this little group too?
Albania: 70 Macedonia: 28 Greece:0. Hmmm, and if the Turks help out...

That list totals up to about 20,000. Pretty respectable. But then these are nations with self-respect...
Posted by R. McLeod  2003-9-27 4:25:21 AM||   2003-9-27 4:25:21 AM|| Front Page Top

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