Posted by Tony from ? (126.96.36.199) on Thursday, October 03, 2002 at 12:56PM :
In Reply to: Ok, if you insist: My Way posted by andreas from p3EE3C68F.dip.t-dialin.net (188.8.131.52) on Thursday, October 03, 2002 at 11:06AM :
Lets hear it!
: Ok, if you insist: My Way
: : Washington has refused to
: : budge on demands for a
: : single new Security Council
: : resolution for weapons
: : inspections in Iraq, despite a
: : deal hammered out between
: : the United Nations and
: : Baghdad in Vienna. The deal,
: : made Tuesday, guarantees
: : inspectors unrestricted
: : access to all sites in Iraq
: : except eight "presidential"
: : areas.
: : - listen to the full report 3´15
: : The Bush government is still demanding a strongly worded
: : Security Council resolution demanding disarmament; Iraq's
: : agreement to allow the UN weapons inspectors
: : "unconditionally" back into the country has not affected Mr
: : Bush's hard line.
: : Access to the eight so-called presidential sites remains
: : restricted under an earlier UN agreement, and the US is not
: : at all ready to back off just because some logistical matters
: : have been settled by chief weapons inspector Hans Blix.
: : The US has vowed that without a tough new Security
: : Council mandate there will be no weapons inspections at
: : all.
: : Suspicious Minds
: : Many believe the contentious "presidential sites" harbour
: : secret projects to develop weapons of mass destruction. Mr
: : Blix, who will brief the Security Council on Thursday,
: : wouldn't discuss them with Iraq because the Security
: : Council approved their special status in 1998. He suggests
: : now that the Security Council change its position on the
: : presidential sites if they want them included in the
: : inspection regime.
: : This may offer an opening for a compromise in the standoff
: : between the US and the UK on one side and the other veto
: : members Russia, China, and France on the other, about the
: : necessity of one or more new resolutions. The US remains
: : publicly committed to forcing through a single Security
: : Council resolution authorizing the use of military force if
: : Iraq does not comply with the disarmament demands, as
: : reiterated by President Bush's spokesman Ari Fleischer at
: : the White House.
: : "He wants to see a one-resolution solution. He does
: : not think that we need to send any signs of weakness
: : to Saddam Hussein. Saddam Hussein will exploit any
: : opportunity he sees that gives him a signal that the
: : world is not united, that the world is not speaking as
: : one, and that the world is willing to give Saddam
: : Hussein more time. Because more time to Saddam
: : Hussein is more weapons."
: : Unchained Inspectors
: : But behind the scenes, the US State Department is quietly
: : exploring the French desire to follow a path of two
: : follow-up resolutions. The first of these would demand
: : unfettered access for weapons inspectors and unconditional
: : disarmament. The second authorizes force if Iraq refuses to
: : cooperate.
: : Rescinding the earlier restrictions on access to the
: : presidential sites fits in with this first possible Security
: : Council resolution, and the US may eventually go along with
: : this to ensure the support of Russia, China, and France. For
: : now, however, the US position remains unchanged and
: : uncompromising.
: : Murderous Intent
: : Mr Fleischer even appeared to encourage the assassination
: : of the Iraqi president when he said that the cost of one
: : bullet would be a lot less than the cost of war. A reporter
: : asked him if she understood him correctly:
: : "I'm asking you if you intend to advocate, from that
: : podium, that some Iraqi person put a bullet in his
: : head?"
: : "Regime change is welcome in whatever form that it
: : takes."
: : "So the answer is yes?"
: : "Thank you. Regime change is welcome in whatever
: : form it takes."
: : No matter how uncompromising the US, one certainty in the
: : evolving Iraq crisis is that the United Nations Security
: : Council will never approve murder as a solution.
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