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There isn't a chance in hell that France will veto. They will do what they consider is in their best interest. Confronting the US is certainly not that. The international community will have learnt from the case of Yemen in 1991 and Yemen only abstained. It cost them dear. It was an object lesson that many countries won't have missed. There is however a slight chance that if the Blix et al. report is positive the French can push for more time for inspections but as for a veto, no way! This does however raise an issue that I think we might be profitably involved in: showing people how any second resolution - and I fear it's a case of when not if - will not be worth the paper it's written on due to the threats, blackmail and bribery involved in its procurement. I fear that otherwise a lot of our support will drop away with the arrival of that resolution as the media batten down the hatches and dissenting voices don't get heard (similar to 90/91). Most MPs will certainly 'toe the line'. At 22:10 07/02/03, Tcapj@aol.com wrote: >[ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] > > >A good friend writes with an encouraging suggestion: > > > > > > I just spoke to the French Mission to the UN, urging them as a U.S. > > citizen to vote against any resolution authorizing war against >Iraq--rather > > than abstaining, which apparently is what the Bush administration is > > expecting them to do. The person who answered the phone asked if I >would > > put that in writing--and offered to give me the mission's email >address. >I > > found this encouraging--suggesting that at least some people in the >mission > > are arguing for casting a veto, and would like to > > have evidence of grassroots U.S. support for such a move. If you >would > > like to provide such evidence, send a quick note to >firstname.lastname@example.org >. > > You don't have to explain at length why they should veto--they would > > like to veto. Just tell them that you think they ought to veto too. > > > > > > >_______________________________________________ >Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. >To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss >To contact the list manager, email email@example.com >All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk