4 September 2003

Bourbon diplomacy

The US draft resolution is now available. It changes nothing and makes no concessions to international opinion. If you compare it with the East Timor resolution you can see the difference between what is needed and what the Bush administration is proposing.

All the draft speaks about is a vital role for the UN, already covered by Resolution 1483.

There's also the minor problem that the Bush administration has a record of ignoring UN authority at will so there is a special need for any new resolution to speak in clear and unequivocal terms. After all, when the US and UK were advocating Resolution 1441 they gave undertakings there would be no military action without a further resolution.

Talk about learning nothing and forgetting nothing.

Link to new draft courtesy of Whiskey Bar

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