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

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

The Canadian government may not be enthusiastic but at least they are being rational.

The Liberal government yesterday defeated a motion in the House of Commons that said Canadian participation in a war with Iraq should be considered only after the UN Security Council passes a resolution giving "explicit" authorization for war.

The government also said the Bloc motion was flawed because it presumed the UN Security Council could only authorize war by passing a second resolution to bolster an existing one, Resolution 1441, which threatens severe consequences against Saddam Hussein if he fails to disarm.

In fact, the president of the UN Security Council can also authorize war by issuing a letter on behalf of Council members, or the Council can decide the existing resolution provides sufficient basis for an attack.

Mr. Chr├ętien has said he believes a second UN Security Council resolution is desirable, but not essential.

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