Will Wonders Never Cease?

Nelson Ascher caught this interesting snippet from an otherwise predictable Guardian editorial:

Here is one thing Mr Blair cannot be accused of: he may be wrong on Iraq, badly wrong, but he has never been less than honest.

As the UN security council speeds towards possible train-wreck, this is worth bearing in mind. Can the same be honestly said of the other main players? France’s Jacques Chirac has made much of Iraq as a matter of principle. But his motives are murky. Is this, at bottom, about international order or is it really about bearding the Americans and glorifying France? His vow to veto a second UN resolution “whatever happens” is a mistake. France should be actively helping Mr Blair forge an acceptable compromise policy, not posturing for effect in a game of European one-upmanship.

Yes-indeedy, kids