Sour Grapes Summit

Kommersant, the Moscow daily, called it the "Congress of Losers." British officials preferred the "Sour Grapes Summit." When the leaders of France, Germany and Russia met in St. Petersburg last weekend, they were still shell-shocked by the quick coalition victory they had doubted was possible, and by TV images of Iraqis rejoicing in a liberation they had staunchly opposed. But anyone expecting them to use the summit to build bridges to Washington or London came away disappointed — and a little confused.

The leaders stood by their opposition to the invasion of Iraq without U.N. approval, and argued that...

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