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Why Disarming Iraq is Important to World Peace (english)
07 Mar 2003
Modified: 08 Mar 2003
On November 8, the United Nations Security Council gave the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein one last chance to give up its weapons of mass destruction and avoid a conflict. Passed unanimously, UN Security Council Resolution 1441 confirms anew that Iraq has been, and remains, in material breach of its disarmament obligations arising from the terms of the cease-fire it agreed to at the end of the Gulf War in 1991.


The resolution mandates new weapons inspections that provide a means to verify whether Iraq has decided to shift from a posture of defiance and deception to one of cooperation. “We have a new ballgame now,” said UN Secretary General Kofi Annan after the Security Council vote, “and Iraq has to comply.” The United States was pleased to work with its allies and with the United Nations to achieve this unanimous international consensus.



Above all, however, we must remember that the forthcoming inspections in Iraq are a means to an important end, not an end in themselves. As U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell has said, the inspections must produce real, verifiable disarmament. This time, we cannot allow the ploys, delays, and subterfuge of past weapons inspections to be repeated. The perils are too great.



The dictatorial regime that rules Iraq has a history of belligerence. It is a regime that invaded the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1980, and another Muslim neighbor, Kuwait, in 1990 – acts of aggression that led to more than a million casualties. It is a regime that possesses biological and chemical weapons, as well as the means to deliver them to targets many kilometers away. It is a regime that is actively seeking nuclear weapons.



In addition to the danger posed by the Iraqi regime’s own aggressive character, there exists as well the possibility that Iraq could one day supply weapons of mass destruction to terrorists willing to use them. After September 11, that is a threat that the United States and the entire world must take very, very seriously. The recent terrorist acts off the coast of Yemen, in Bali, in the Philippines, and in Russia, which claimed victims from many nations, have driven home the point that the fight against terror is a worldwide struggle.



Iraq’s long-standing connections to terrorism are clear. Over the years, Iraq has provided safe haven to terrorists such as Abu Nidal, whose terror organization killed or injured nearly 900 people in 20 countries, including 12 Americans. Iraq has also provided safe haven to Abu Abbas, who is responsible for seizing the cruise ship Achille Lauro and killing a wheelchair-bound American passenger. And we know that Iraq continues to fund terror and gives assistance to groups that use terrorism to undermine Middle East peace efforts. Saddam’s regime also attempted, in 1993, to assassinate a former American president.



This history of terrorist ties is extremely disturbing. As U.S. President George W. Bush has observed, “Iraq could decide on any given day to provide biological or chemical weapons to a terrorist group or individual terrorists. Alliance with terrorists could allow the Iraqi regime to attack America without leaving any fingerprints.”



Of course, the United States is not the only nation that should be concerned by this possibility. Today, terrorism is a global phenomenon and ballistic missile technology allows weapons of mass destruction to be delivered to far-away targets. Indeed, Saddam Hussein has already shown his willingness to launch missiles into neighboring countries and to unleash the most terrible of weapons against those he considers his enemies. An armed and aggressive Iraq, allied with international terrorists, threatens not just the stability of a region, but the peace and security of the entire world.



Senegal has a long and laudable history of standing up to aggression. Many Senegalese -- including the great Leopold Senghor -- fought against Nazism and fascism during the Second World War. The government of Senegal, under President Abdou Diouf, contributed troops to the international coalition to evict Saddam Hussein’s armies from Kuwait back in 1991. Following the horrific attacks of September 11 last year, President Abdoulaye Wade was one of the first world leaders to express his condolences to President Bush. Since then, President Wade has been the African continent’s foremost leader in the fight against international terrorism and has tirelessly worked for peace and conflict resolution in Madagascar, Cote d’Ivoire, and elsewhere. Joining the international community in insisting on the disarmament of Iraq is fully consistent with this honorable tradition. We are pleased that Senegal’s representative to the UN stated clearly that Iraq must comply with UN Security Council resolutions, and that the UN must act if it fails to comply.



As United Nations and International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors prepare to begin their work in Iraq, one thing is clear. The United Nations and the world community have demanded that Iraq comply with UNSCR 1441 and disarm. In order to realize our shared goal of peace, we must continue to stand together to ensure that real disarmament occurs. The stakes for Senegal, America, and the world could not be greater.
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Disarming the Death-Industrial Complex (english)
08 Mar 2003
There's very little that's more obvious than this:

Disarming the back-stabbing nuclear rogue state called "Israel" and the sick ideology of Zionism and Anglo-Ashkenazi rascism is far more urgent than disarming an abused nation like Iraq, which has little more than its appropriately armed citizens to defend itself from transnational weapons-dealers and oil thieves.

After Zionism is disarmed, we can constructively engage with all nations to transform the death-industrial complex into a life-industrial complex.
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Please explain, Thin (english)
08 Mar 2003
When General Husein Kamel, son-in-law of Saddam Hussein, and head of Iraq's weapons program defected in 1995, He told tthe UN inspectors and the CIA that Saddam had giben the orders to destroy all nuclear works, all missiles and all biological and chemical weapons in 1995. Would that explain why the U.S. and Brit warmogers have yet to give the current UN inspectors a single credible site whete they could find WMD.

And please explain why Kamel's defriefing statement regarding the destructions of all WMD by Iraq in 1991 was not told to the American people? The pro-war crowd has no credibility left.

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