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Thursday, September 23, 2004
Expanding the League
In the midst of tedious committee meetings at the United Nations this week, German foreign minister Joschka Fischer announced that his country along with Brazil, India, and Japan all deserve to be permanent members of the U.N. Security Council. "The Security Council must further reflect the reality within the community of nations in the 21st century," he said (my translation). But would this make America's role in the world easier or more difficult? On the one hand, Germany and Brazil (under president Lula da Silva) would likely veto anything related to the Bush doctrine. On the other hand, India and Japan might offset such future diplomatic hostilities and prove useful allies within the council. Many other critical issues remain: Would China really allow Japan to join? And do new members get to wear the special jackets? Access to the Players' Lounge? Free comps at the Waldorf-Astoria?
Posted by Victorino Matus at 10:25 AM