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Thursday, April 22, 2004

Empty gesture 

Twenty members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, meeting in Malaysia, have said they will contribute troops to Iraq if certain conditions are met.

Islamic nations have said they could contribute troops to Iraq if the UN takes charge of the operation.

The offer was made by officials from about 20 of the Muslim countries attending an emergency summit in Putrajaya, Malaysia.
Of course, taking charge of Iraq is something that the UN, by its own admission, is unwilling to do. So this is just an empty, meaningless gesture, because those countries know the UN will never take over. Therefore, they will never have to cough up the troops. That's real guts for you.
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