Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Sunday, September 08, 2002

Great Googely Moogely! I can't read all of this, it is a very detailed history of inspections and findings and Saddam's capabilities from 1991 to 2002. This was part of their conclusion in 1998 after Saddam kicked the inspectors out.

The fundamental issue is the policy pursued by the present Iraqi President and his regime. Iraq inhabits a difficult neighbourhood, but there is no reason to expect that another Iraqi regime would necessarily follow the particular policies Saddam has chosen to adopt. Although the international community has been reluctant, and for good reason, to endorse any policy of bringing about a change of regime, it may be time for the world to confront the limitations of an anachronistic interpretation of Article 2, paragraph 7 of the UN Charter. The principle of non-intervention should not prejudice the application of enforcement measures under Chapter VII of the Charter.

The costs of such multilateral intervention may be high, but the costs of not intervening may be higher.

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