for the Friedman essay
here is something interesting about the African point of view
Wednesday, February 26, 2003 - Last updated 1:07 p.m. PT
Guinea Takes Key Role in Security Council
By BENN PEPITO
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
CONAKRY, Guinea -- A West African nation with an ailing leader, impoverished Guinea comes into presidency of the U.N. Security Council during a critical month on Iraq - and finds itself courted by diplomats from the United States, Britain, and France.
Guinea is one of three African countries - Angola and Cameroon are the other two - that could sway the council's vote on a U.S.-sponsored resolution clearing the way for war against Iraq.
Few expect the country to decide on ideological grounds. Guinea, a Muslim nation of 7.7 million, desperately needs foreign cash and arms.
"They're looking for money, not unlike what the Turks are doing," said Ross Herbert, an Africa research fellow with the South African Institute of International Affairs, citing the billions of dollars of U.S. aid newly promised key strategic ally Turkey.
"I don't think Guinea or Cameroon can have an ideological position on Iraq," Herbert said. "To a lot of people in the Third World, this is about the preponderance of American power."
The ideology, in any case, eludes some Guineans.
"For Africans, it's difficult to justify this war on the grounds of dictatorship, rights violations and corruption," said guineenews, an online service that constitutes one of Guinea's leading independent media outlets.
"These are the daily realities of nearly every African country," guineenews said. "Why doesn't America attack the dictators here?"<<<<