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United Nations Says To US Government, "Leave Iraq Alone"
20 Dec 2001
The US government is considering expanding bombing campaigns to Iraq. The United Nations firmly states that the unilateral behavior of the US government must stop and that it is strongly against any expansion of US imperialist aggression. Although the United Nations has failed as an experiment in international political democracy, its public statements against unilateral military aggression can be seen as a step towards accountability on an international scale.
Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, on Wednesday warned the United States against expanding it "War On Terrorism" to Iraq, saying there is no evidence connecting Baghdad to the Sept. 11 attacks.

``I have not seen any evidence linking Iraq to what happened on Sept. 11,'' Annan told a year-end news conference. ``Any attempt to do that can exacerbate the situation and raise tensions in a region that is already under strain because of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.''

Recently, suggestions and comments from the US government have indicated that the bombing campaign in Afghanistan may expand to Iraq. Iraq, considered a "rogue state" by the US government, has been the target of US led sanctions and bombings that have decimated the Iraqi people. The United Nations estimates 600,000 civilian deaths as a result of US imperialist military policies. For many, the situation has become brutal, with malnutrition and disease ravaging the country. Iraq represents key trans-national oil company interests in geography and resources.

Kofi Annan met with Iraq's Foreign Minister Naji Sabri during last month's ministerial meeting of the General Assembly. Naji Sabri repeated the demand that sanctions be lifted immediately.

Annan said that as far as he is aware the debate about expanding the war is still going on, mainly in Washington, and ``no decisions have been taken.''

``I have indicated on several occasions that I think it would be unwise to attack Iraq now,'' he said.
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