2002 October 31 Thursday
Six Words At Issue In UN Security Council Positions

Lets reduce this all down to pablum: The Bush Administration doesn't trust the UN Security Council to ever recognize that the Iraqi regime is not in compliance with UN Security Council resolutions. That is because there are UN Security Council members that do not want to see the US attack Iraq under any circumstance. Therefore Bush Administration is right not to trust the Security Council. But isn't that exactly why the US never should have gone to the Security Council in the first place? By going to it the US government is effectively taking the position that the UN Security Council should have a say. But if the UN Security Council can't be trusted why take the position that its collective voice should matter?

The French of course don't see any point to having a Security Council resolution unless the Security Council is going to decide whether the war goes forward:

The question was how to decide if Iraq has failed to cooperate with new United Nations weapons inspections. France believes it should be a U.N. decision, and has proposed inserting the words "when established by the Security Council" into the operative sentence.

In the latest U.S. proposal, that sentence says "failure by Iraq to comply with, and cooperate fully with the implementation of this resolution [France would add its phrase here] shall constitute a . . . material breach" of its international obligations. The U.S. version doesn't say how the determination would be made or who would make it. France, along with Russia and China, suspects the Americans want to reserve the decision for themselves, all the better to launch a military attack.

The French government does not want the US to attack Iraq regardless of whether the Iraqi regime puts an end to its WMD development programs.

Meanwhile, the White House is digging itself an even deeper hole by pretending that inspection regimes can uncover all of Saddam Hussein's WMD development labs and weapons stores. Inspections can never work. Is Mr McCormack saying the following with a straight face?

"We want to see how we can make this work," said National Security Council spokesman Sean McCormack. "We'd like nothing better than to have peaceful, effective disarmament of Iraq through an inspection regime."

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2002 October 31 12:37 AM  UN, International Institutions


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