In the line

From Philippe Debeusscher, “Allies cool to Bush call to strike Iraq”, Agence France Presse and Reuters, via National Post, September 7, 2002, p. A13:

Only Tony Blair, Britain’s Prime Minister, has offered clear support for U.S. plans, and Mr. Blair is to discuss Iraq with Mr. Bush today at the Camp David presidential retreat…

In a BBC interview to be aired this weekend, excepts of which were released yesterday, Mr. Blair replied “yes” when asked if Britain was ready to “pay the blood price” of its close relationship with the United States…

Bill Graham, the [Canadian] Foreign Minister, said to support the idea of an attack on Iraq, Canada would want clear proof that Saddam was about to engage in acts that could destabilize the region or use weapons of mass destruction against its neighbours…

Asked whether Canada would refuse to send troops to take part in a unilateral U.S. military operation against Iraq if it felt the proof was lacking, he replied: “Right.”

Part of a continuum, where it is very unclear that the then Iraqi government could have done much to change predeterminations.

Particularly within days of the first anniversary of 9/11, who could say no?

Some did.

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