Sunday, December 09, 2007

COALITION OF THE UNWILLING?

The Washington Post today carried a story about the U.S’ shrinking ‘coalition of the willing’ in Iraq. As the war has dragged on since the invasion in mid-2003, six countries have left while the ranks of the remaining coalition soldiers have thinned. But I almost fell off my chair in disbelief this morning when I read the numbers contributed by some. Five countries have less than 10 people in Iraq. According to the Post, Latvia has three soldiers in Iraq, Slovakia two, and Singapore one! To borrow a joke from one of my professors, this definitely looks more like the coalition of the unwilling.

6 comments:

Revanta said...

I'd love to know what that single Singaporean does in Iraq, atleast the Slovakians can keep each other company.

Alaphia said...

hahahaha... yeah! Poor chap. Since three is a crowd for the Latvians maybe one of them talks to him.

matcher said...

Alaphia,When u were with NDTV there was regular updation of ur blog...........Now it comes once in a blue moon.Is US of A so hard to key in ideas.So what are u upto these days....................

Ashish said...

Hey.. missing you on tv.. your blogs too are less frequent these days..
are you gonna report for NDTV from USA?

Salim said...

John Kerry called in it 2004 - in one of the debates he dubbed the coalition in Iraq as comprised of the bribed, the coerced, the corrupt, etc. Bush decimated him for it of course but it was still a good call.

Alaphia said...

Hi Ashish,
Thanks. Don't know yet.

Hi Salim,
Thats interesting. I'm sure Bush jumped all over him with jingoism.