http://www.nytimes.com/2002/09/05/international/europe/05SCHR.html If you do not subscribe to the NYtimes online here are a few excerpts. HANOVER, Germany, Sept. 1 — Gerhard Schröder, the German chancellor, believes that the Bush administration is making a terrible mistake in planning a war against Iraq, and he is not afraid to say so. A new war in the Middle East, he says bluntly, would put at risk all that has been gained so far in the unfinished battle against Al Qaeda. The arguments against a war with Iraq are so strong, he said, that he would oppose one even if the Security Council approved. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Consultation is important, he said, "but consultation cannot mean that I get a phone call two hours in advance only to be told, `We're going in.' " "Consultation among grown-up nations has to mean not just consultation about the how and the when, but also about the whether," he said. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Recalling Sept. 11, he praised President Bush and Secretary of State Colin L. Powell for their skill in quickly rallying an international coalition against terror. With the terrorist strikes, he said, the world understood it was facing "a privatized form of war, waged by terrorist organizations," that must be fought "using appropriate means, including military means." ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Senior officials in Washington are angry at his presumption that the American debate over Iraq is finished and his failure to give his closest ally the benefit of the doubt. They believe he is damaging the alliance for electoral advantage and is running against America. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Mr. Schröder threw up his hands. "How can you exert pressure on someone by saying to them, `Even if you accede to our demands, we will destroy you'?" he asked. "I think that was a change of strategy in the United States — whatever the explanation may be — a change that made things difficult for others, including ourselves." Referring to Mr. Cheney, Mr. Schröder said: "The problem is that he has or seems to have committed himself so strongly that it is hard to imagine how he can climb down. And that is the real problem, that not only I have, but that all of us in Europe have." ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The war against Osama bin Laden is not finished, he said. "My concern," he said, "is that we have not even begun to achieve in Afghanistan anything that could be called nation-building." You will have to take one minute and register to read the actual article and then the transcript of the interview.