United Nations

Face the facts

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 17 September, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 17 September, 2002, 12:00am

Your editorial 'Meaningless game' was simply amazing. Do you think Britain is the only ally the US has on the issue of taking action against Iraq? Do you so smugly dismiss the likes of Spain, Australia, Qatar and others who understand the issues? Most nations are only looking for the cover of some UN-sponsored mandate and will come on board once this has been received.

To state that Iraq is not contravening Security Council demands flies in the face of facts that cannot be ignored. These facts were outlined item by item by President George W. Bush. Argue against them if you will, but please respond to the arguments - item by item - with facts.

As for the Muslim nations invoking outrage - one has heard all this before and it is not surprising for you to bring this hoary old chestnut out again.

To assume the good people in oppressed Muslim countries do not desire the fruits that freedom can bring, just as we all do, is nothing more than an expression of the soft bigotry of low expectations. We have seen the outrage by a liberated Kuwait, the outrage of Muslims in Kosovo (action taken without UN Security Council approval), and the outrage in an Afghanistan that may finally have a chance.

However, I do fear this is not only Iraq's last chance, but that of the United Nations as well. Their credibility is now on the line. The Iraqi regime has thumbed its nose at the UN's resolutions for more than a decade. And it is possible this body is about to be exposed for what it is - the mother of all diplomatic college parties that is more comfortable in sponsoring feel-good gatherings rather than dealing with real issues that affect real people in real places.


Tai Tam