Found this interesting bit discussing just why France, Russia, and Germany were so vociferously apposed to the current war. Hint: it ain't because they're concerned about Iraqi civilians. The source of this argument will surprise you.
I think it's interesting to see that the old "Hobbes-ian" western attitudes still exist in this supposedly "Kant-ian" new world order. Western governments may at times act deeply concerned about the fate of the third world and be all warm and fuzzy about it, but if you scratch them, any of them, hard enough, you'll still find enough cold hard steel of pragmatisim and naked self interest to make any 19th century robber baron proud.
Article found via Instapundit and the Volokh Conspiracy.