Tuesday, May 17, 2005

New UN Strategy: Oust France From Security Council?

Click on the title for a link to an article at World News Daily that advances an interesting theory about the possibility of Bolton pushing for France to be replaced on the Security Council, by a seat representing the EU.

There is a double edged sword at work here.

For this to be a viable theory, France must first ratify the EU constitution. If they don't, they will not be a member. If they are not a member, they may be out in the cold. Then, the argument can be made that Europe, as a whole, deserves more representation than just one small country. If they hold on to it, they may find themselves at odds with the remainder of the continent on certain issues (creating a schism with their European counterparts).

If they vote it in, they will become part of a larger entity and will lose influence. The argument will then be made that the rest of Europe needs a voice and should not be left to the mercy of France to set the tone for international relations. France will lose more sovereignty and power, either way.

At this point, it's just a theory and a lot will depend on what happens.

2 comments:

Mark said...

France got the seat in the first place only because of the "polite fiction" that awarded the "world power" status after WWII. Booting them off the Security Council is an act that has been delayed for over 50 years.

LASunsett said...

Very true. We felt sorry for them after DeGaulle threw a hissy fit. We gave into a spoiled child and now we have a spoiled adult, with a self-esteem problem.