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Posted by Lilly from ? ( on Monday, November 11, 2002 at 1:08PM :

In Reply to: "Iraq Debates UN Disarmament Plan...&quo posted by Lilly from ? ( on Monday, November 11, 2002 at 12:31PM :

: In Cairo, Arab foreign ministers urged Iraq to accept the resolution as a way to avoid war and Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri said he hoped UN inspectors would "not resort to provocations."

: The Arab League ministers, echoing Syrian fears that only an immediate strike had been thwarted, issued a statement Sunday urging the council to respect its "assurances" not to use the new resolution as a pretext for an invasion.

: Arab League foreign ministers, as well as asking for continued UN-Iraq cooperation "to settle peacefully all the outstanding problems, as a prelude to a lifting of sanctions imposed on Iraq and to end the blockade imposed on it," also urged that Arab nationals be allowed to participate in the teams of experts.

xxx Good idea.

: [Rice] also noted that the council's resolution bars chief UN inspector Hans Blix, who expects to arrive in Baghdad on November 18, from judging Iraq's compliance, a sore spot for Washington in the past.

: "His job is to report the facts," Rice said. "It's not to determine whether there has been a material breach. It's not to determine whether there has been a violation."

xxx "Facts" = locations & "materials" (even though there's nothing left since 1998) to US intelligence so the US military can have an excuse to bomb.

: The Washington Post and the New York Times, quoting senior US officials, said the plan foresaw a lightning strike by land, sea and air forces in the hopes Saddam's government would quickly collapse.

xxx (Sarcastically) How appropriate - a blitzkrieg ("lightening war" - a strategy the Germans used in WWII).

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