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Fw: what a grand coalition!

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  • Ram Lau
    Gary Yngve wrote in message news: ... ... were. ...
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 11, 2004
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      "Gary Yngve" <gary@...> wrote in message news:<ckbvvk$2a5
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      > It's 33 countries. I was wondering what some of those countries
      were.
      > Here's a partial list:
      >
      > Banana republics:
      > Nicaragua
      > Honduras
      > El Salvador
      > Dominican Republic
      >
      > ex-Eastern Bloc:
      > Poland
      > Czech Republic
      > Slovakia
      > Hungary
      > Romania
      > Bulgaria
      > Macedonia
      >
      > ex-Soviet republics:
      > Lithuania
      > Latvia
      > Estonia
      > Ukraine
      > Georgia
      > Azerbaijan
      > Moldova (officially the poorest country in Europe:
      >
      http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/md.html )
      > Kazakhstan
      >
      >
      > What do these coalition members do?
      >
      > Thailand sent 443 personnel to help with the reconstruction. And a
      > cargo plane.
      >
      http://www.centcom.mil/operations/Coalition/Coalition_pages/thailand.
      htm
      >
      > Not sure quite what Bulgaria does.
      >
      http://www.centcom.mil/operations/Coalition/Coalition_pages/bulgaria.
      htm
      >
      > South Korea is apparently in the Iraq coalition but the webpage
      only
      > says what they are doing for Afghanistan. My bad, I forgot: Iraq
      is
      > connected to 9-11 and Al Qaeda and Saddam was going to give
      terrorists
      > WMDs. Oh yeah, and you're either with us and against us. And the
      USA
      > will be attacked by terrorists if Kerry becomes President.
      >
      http://www.centcom.mil/Operations/Coalition/Coalition_pages/republico
      fkorea.htm
      >
      > Slovakia dispatched to liason officers to Central Command and is
      > allowing flyover and landing rights. They're doing a lot.
      >
      http://www.centcom.mil/operations/Coalition/Coalition_pages/slovakia.
      htm
      >
      >
      >
      > It is important to note that in the first Gulf War, we had many
      Muslim
      > nations on our coalition: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, Turkey,
      Oman,
      > Syria, Egypt, Morocco, etc. None of these are with us now.
      > Conspicuously absent from our current coalition (and who were
      present
      > in our old coalition): France and Germany.
      >
      >
      >
      > My personal opinion is that many of these countries are in the
      coalition
      > solely from coersion or bribery. And some of the countries have
      > seemingly no role other than to make Bush's coalition stats bigger.
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