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Looks like the final decision has benn made in Australia. Downer gave his speech to the UN today.
"Grave concerns remain about Iraq's present capabilities."
He said Iraq's defiance was a direct challenge to the authority of the UN Security Council.
"Iraq's flagrant and persistent defiance is a direct challenge to the United Nations, to the authority of the Security Council, to international law, and to the will of the international community," he said.
"We (UN members) cannot stand by and allow ourselves to be ignored.
"Nor must protracted negotiations be allowed to weaken and eventually paralyse efforts to allay fears about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.
"Otherwise, if Iraq's pursuit of these abhorrent weapons is allowed to continue, we may shortly be asking ourselves why we failed to act."
This is actually fairly important. Australia has a large grain deal with Iraq and has threatened that Australian soldiers will face very harsh consequences if they are captured in a war against them.
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