In the line II

Further on “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:

George W. Bush personally lobbied the leaders of Russia, China and France yesterday to support his campaign to oust Iraq’s President Saddam Hussein, but made little apparent progress.

The U.S. President made 10-minute telephone calls to Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Jiang Zemin of China and Jacques Chirac of France to emphasize the “need to make the world more peaceful”, according to White House spokesman Ari Fleisher.

But all three continued to express doubts about the administration’s desire for a military strike to remove Saddam.

“In the course of discussions, President [Putin] expresses his serious doubts concerning the basis–both in international law and the global political sense–of using force against Iraq,” top Kremlin spokesman Alexei Gromov said…

Bill Graham, [Canada’s] Foreign Minister said…”Canada believes very strongly in the rule of law, we believe very strongly in a world where multilateral institutions will give us global governance in a say that will increase security for all of us. And therefore to set aside those institutions and to go outside them creates dangerous precedents that we certainly would not want to do except in very exceptional circumstances.”

Rule of law…

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