Tuesday, June 10, 2003
While re-reading Powell's comments to the U.N., I noticed some interesting statements:
'This Council placed the burden on Iraq to comply and disarm, and not on the inspectors to find that which Iraq has gone out of its way to conceal for so long. Inspectors are inspectors; they are not detectives.'
. . .
'Tell me, answer me: Are the inspectors to search the house of every government official, every Ba'ath Party member and every scientist in the country to find the truth, to get the information they need to satisfy the demands of our Council?'
. . .
'My colleagues, Operative Paragraph 4 of UN Resolution 1441, which we lingered over so long last fall, clearly states that false statements and omissions in the declaration and a failure by Iraq at any time to comply with and cooperate fully in the implementation of this resolution shall constitute -- the facts speak for themselves -- shall constitute a further material breach of its obligation.'
. . .
'By this standard, the standard of this Operative Paragraph [in reference to Paragraph 4 mentioned above], I believe that Iraq is now in further material breach of its obligations. I believe this conclusion is irrefutable and undeniable.'
. . .
'Iraq has now placed itself in danger of the serious consequences called for in UN Resolution 1441. And this body places itself in danger of irrelevance if it allows Iraq to continue to defy its will without responding effectively and immediately.'
'This issue before us is not how much time we are willing to give the inspectors to be frustrated by Iraqi obstruction. But how much longer are we willing to put up with Iraq's non-compliance before we, as a Council, we as the United Nations say, "Enough. Enough."'
Perhaps we should discuss how long the Bush Administration has to find weapons of mass destruction before we too say "Enough. Enough". I'm going to do a full dissection of Powell's testimony and post it here sometime in the next week or so.
Andrew 11:33 AM : |
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