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Michelle
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posted 09 February 2003 08:11 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
The United States must act within the UN to make Iraq disarm, but the UN has the responsibility to make the tough decisions, Kofi Annan said on Saturday.

France, Germany, and China threatened to use their veto powers against war, and Russia's not so hot about war either.

Maybe I should have put this in the "containment" thread, but I found this quote interesting:

quote:
Russia's UN Ambassador Sergey Lavrov signalled his opposition saying: "It's about whether we do have a threat coming from Iraq or not – absent such threat, I believe the war is unjustified."

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swallow
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posted 09 February 2003 12:03 PM      Profile for swallow     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
This sounds like the "tough" line some on the right have been demanding from Kofi Annan. Does it satisfy the UN-bashers on babble?
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Markbo
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posted 09 February 2003 12:31 PM      Profile for Markbo     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I think I would be more satisfied if the U.N. faced up to its responsibilities in N. Korea.

Seems like North Korea's pronouncement of U.N. action being an "act of war" has scared the U.N into refusal once again facing up to its responsibilities.

But then this is a meaningless statement. THe U.N. has been ducking its responsibilities for years. The only reason there are inspectors in Iraq is because the U.S. threatened war. We wouldn't be in this situation if the U.N. had dealt with Iraq when the Inspectors left the first time.

I blame them for this imminent threat of war. If they didn't bury their heads in the sand when the Inspectors left in the first place, the U.S. wouldn't be ammassing troups in the Middle east right now.

I don't think the U.N. has to declare war to end my criticism of it. It just has to declare something. Especially on North Korea.

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"It's about whether we do have a threat coming from Iraq or not – absent such threat, I believe the war is unjustified."

I guess he thinks that building WMD is not a threat. What does he think Saddam will do with these chemical, biological weapons if not thraaten his neighbors?

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Michelle
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posted 09 February 2003 12:41 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Moving this to the Middle East forum.
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