Februay 19, 2003
is administration so eager for a war?
In your Feb. 15
editorial, you seem to belittle the progress made by U.N. inspectors in
Iraq by writing that France, China and Russia “seized on those meager”
results to pursue the inspection. On the other hand, you characterized
Powel’s assessment as more realistic. What is so realistic about
saying: “More inspectors – sorry, not the answer.” What’s the answer
It is hoped that the
message sent from inside the Security Council chamber and on the
streets of cities all over the world to the warmongers in this country
was loud and clear. Which is better? To kill thousands of innocent
Iraqi civilians or continue the inspections until Iraq is totally
It is true that the
Council decided on a two-step approach, as France suggested. This
doesn’t entail that the second step should be taken now, given the fact
that Hans Blix’s report to the Council that day was more positive
toward Iraq than the one he gave two weeks ago.
It is legitimate to ask:
Why this administration is so eager to go to war? What is it that Bush
see that the rest of the world doesn’t see? Is it oil by any chance?
It is hypocritical on the
part of Bush to demand that Saddam Hussein respect international law
while he shows no compunction in breaking it, since he keeps repeating
that the US will go to war with or without an authorization from the
Security Council. It is his credibility, not that of the UN
that is at stake.