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Submitted by Shep Fargotstein (United States), Mar 26, 2003 at 16:44

The attempts by UN Secretary General. Kofi Annan, and the Axis of Weasels (France, Germany, Russia, China) to frame the US/Iraq conflict as an impending humanitarian catastrophe, is a thinly veiled strategy to try to tie the USA's hands in the court of global public opinion. As the conflict approaches it's climax, and civilian casualties mount, they will undoubtedly try to tighten the noose – just like they did back in 1991. For those who don't remember, President Bush #1, relented to this same pressure, pulling back our troops, and ending the conflict with the understanding that the UN would make sure that Saddam disarmed and followed through with other mandates for ending the 1991 conflict. And now the rest of the story…

Since that time, he not only hasn't disarmed. Thousands of Kurds have been shot, hacked and gassed, for backing the US in the 1991 war, the 600 Kuwaitis taken as POW from the 1991 war are still missing, there is verifiable evidence of systematic torture on a large scale - as well as other barbarous acts like rape, etc.

We must ask the UN: Where were your tears for the humanitarian crisis over the past 12 years? The USA tried to settle this conflict via the UN in 1991 – and the UN miserably failed to uphold their side of the bargain.

Some will say that the Iraqi people are united against the invading "colonial forces", as they are met at the gates of Iraqi cities by angry army irregulars, instead of flower toting civilians. To some degree that may be true, but then again, the masses wouldn't dare support the coalition forces without knowing that Saddam is finished – for good. The abandonment of pro-American Iraqis at the end of 1991 was a hard lesson learned.

Yes, an untold number of Iraqi civilians will die in 2003. So will an untold number of British and USA soldiers. The UN, when taking the entire conflict into consideration, is the party most responsible for those who will die in the days ahead. The UN, in my eyes, has lost the only credibility that wasn't in shreds – it's claim to humanitarianism.

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