Two Cheers for the Peacekeepers

At the brink of war, the world suffered a spectacular outbreak of foolishness last week. Few countries or institutions were spared. The absurd adventures of the Bush Administration, the British, the French and the Guineans have been widely reported. Donald Rumsfeld's latest act of indecent exposure--he insulted our closest ally, Britain--was duly noted (but publicly ignored, once again, by the President, who seems not to mind such behavior). Assorted Europeans, celebrities and the New York Council worked themselves into a fatuous lather over the arrogance of American power. And American conservatives blamed it all on the U.N. "As each day passes,...

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