Strains on The Coalition

While governments around the world have rallied to join George Bush's anti- Saddam coalition, popular support for military involvement in the gulf is shallow even among some of America's staunchest allies. For other countries tangled in the alliance, war is a minority, potentially untenable proposition.

Britain remains outwardly the most committed European member of the coalition. In mid-November a poll for the Times of London showed 62% of those surveyed backing the use of U.S. and British troops against Iraq if Saddam Hussein refuses to leave Kuwait. Even the opposition Labour Party has consistently backed the government's gulf policy. However, in...

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