Sorry, there must have been some confusion between posts. I thought you were
referring to something else. Russia had been holding back because it wanted
freedom to act against Chechnya, with the US's implicit OK (that is, it doesn't
force the US to help, but they won't criticize the Russians). I don't know what
China's interests are in this, to tell you the truth.

Jon Spencer wrote:

> What do you mean?  Did you read what I typed, or are you, too, going blind,
> like Ryan and myself?
> I will restate my sentence in different terms for you:
> It would not matter if Russia and/or China had an existing mutual defense
> treaty with Iraq [sidebar:  the mere thought is extremely funny!].  Neither
> the Russians nor the Chinese would honor such a treaty even if it existed.
> This view is certainly strengthened by the UN SC vote today, where both
> Russia and China voted to support the US resolution.
> OK?
> Jon
> Marc A. Schindler wrote:
> Which votes? France and Russia voted in favour of the new US resolution at
> the
> Security Council where they, along with the US, hold permanent seats.
> Jon Spencer wrote:
> > It wouldn't matter if they did - they wouldn't honor them.  Especially
> > considering their votes today in the UN.
> >
> > Jon
> >
> > John W. Redelfs wrote:
> >
> > > After much pondering, Stacy Smith favored us with:
> > > >I basically believe we will attack and they in turn attack us.  We will
> > > >then incite the entire Islamic world and all will turn against us.
> > >
> > > This is the likely scenario from my perspective.  I wonder if either
> > Russia
> > > or China have secret, mutual defense treaties with Saddam Hussein. --JWR
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