posted on Apr, 8 2003 @ 09:49 AM
This is a true United Nations. It contains all nations, regardless of government type, regardless of how evil the regime is. However, France and
Russia are both democracies, and would both have vetoed a second UN resolution. So the power was being given to other democratic countries who have
often worked with the US in the past, not some third world dictatorship.
Honestly, the 12 year thing... yes, Saddam did mess the inspectors around for years, but by the time they left they'd destroyed and verified the
destruction of a very large proportion of Iraq's WMD's. And also destroyed all of their major infrastructure involved in nuclear/chem/bio
development. They withdrew after they broke the gentlemens agreement over only sending 4 inspectors into sensitive targets (The Ba'ath party
headquarters), and the Iraqi's only allowed 6 of them to enter. The inspectors went to create a crisis encouraged by the US, out of fear that the
sanctions might have to be lifted soon. Read Scott Ritter's ideas on the matter for verification. (the head inspector)
The new inspection regime was started, fair enough, but it was not complete. After 12 years, would it really have hurt to have spent another 2 months
allowing Blix to complete his mission? 2 months more after 144 months is too much to ask?
Honestly, if at that point Blix had said "yep, they're lying, they're hiding stuff", then I'd be fully behind the attack. But pre-empting Blix,
and taking a route away from the UN was a poor decision. Particularly as it undermines international law.