Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Tuesday, February 18, 2003

NATO had to work around an intransigent France to get the organization to authorize the defense of Turkay. Meanwhile, the Arab nations have no such problems deciding and acting.

Ground troops from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) arrived in Kuwait TOday as part of a combined Gulf military force known as Peninsula Shield, a Kuwaiti military spokesman said.

''A group of initial ground forces, part of a mechanized brigade from the UAE arrived aboard a military aircraft at Ali al- Salem Airbase,'' Kuwaiti armed forces spokesman Colonel Yousef al- Mullah said without specifying numbers.

The contingent are the first Gulf soldiers to arrive in Kuwait after the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) recently decided to deploy units from the combined force to help protect the emirate from any possible aggression as a result of a U.S.-led war on Iraq.

Al-Mullah said that ''in a few days, possibly Friday, some additional UAE Navy forces are also expected to arrive''.

Defence and foreign ministers of the six GCC states last week agreed to send units from the joint force to defend Kuwait against a possible retaliatory attack by Iraq.

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