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Submitted by Alain Jean-Mairet (Switzerland), Apr 29, 2003 at 02:18

What we need is an authority everyone could accept as legitimate. An authority which would lead the way between the end of the war and the beginning of the peace. In countries where so many people have been used to war and oppression for such a long time, this transition is bound to last for at least one whole generation. A plan less than that is far-reaching but a bet backed by wishful thinking.

This authority could have been the UN. But the UN can but fail, as it is the emanation of nations, and nations never are (or are perceived as) neutral. And only neutrality could inspire trust to all parties for a time long enough.

Which institution, or enterprise, could do that? Which statutes should it have? What kind of internal organization, or recruitment schemes, or geografical implantation?

At any rate, Iraq has come too early for it. I'd suggest the first big case treated by that new entity be Palestine.
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