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[infowar.de] Independent 04.10.02: Nato used the same old trick
Nato used the same old trick when it made Milosevic an offer he could only
04 October 2002
It's the same old trap. Nato used exactly the same trick to ensure that it
could have a war with Slobodan Milosevic. Now the Americans are demanding
the same of Saddam Hussein buried well down in their list of demands, of
course. Tell your enemy that you're going to need his roads and
airspace with your troops on the highways and you destroy his
sovereignty. That's what Nato demanded of Serbia in 1999. That's what the
new UN resolution touted by Messrs Bush and Blair demands of Saddam
Hussein. It's a declaration of war.
It worked in 1999. The Serbs accepted most of Nato's Interim Agreement for
Peace and Self-government in Kosovo, but not Appendix 8, which insisted
that "Nato personnel shall enjoy ... free and unimpeded passage and
unimpeded access throughout the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia."
It was a demand that Mr Milosevic could never accept. US troops driving
through Serbia would have meant, in these circumstances, the end of
But now we have the draft UN resolution which Presidents Bush and Blair
insist the UN must pass. Arms inspection teams, it says, "shall have the
right to declare for the purposes of this resolution ... ground and
air-transit corridors which shall be enforced by UN security forces or by
members of the UN [Security] Council".
In other words, Washington can order forces of the US (a Security Council
member) to "enforce" these "corridors" through Iraq on the ground when it
wants. US troops would thus be in Iraq. It would be invasion without war;
the end of Saddam, "regime change", the whole shebang.
No Iraqi government even a Baghdad administration without the odious
Saddam could ever accept such a demand. Nor could Serbia have accepted
such a demand from Nato, even without the odious Slobodan. Which is why the
Serbs and Nato went to war.
So here it is again, the same old "we've-got-be-able-to-drive
through-your-land" mentality which forced the Serbs into war and which is
clearly intended to produce the same from Saddam.
America wants a war and here's the proof: if the United States truly wished
to avoid war, it could demand "unfettered access" for inspectors without
this sovereignty-busting paragraph, using it as a second resolution only if
the presidential palaces of the Emperor Saddam remained off-limits.
Saddam can open his country to the inspectors; he can open even his
presidential palaces. But if he doesn't accept the use of "Security
Council" forces in other words, US troops on Iraqi roads, we can go to
war. There's also that other paragraph: that "any permanent member of the
Security Council may request to be represented on any inspection team." In
other words, the Americans can demand that their intelligence men can
return to become UN inspectors, to pass on their information to the
Israelis (which they did before) and to the US military, which used them as
forward air controllers for their aircraft once the inspectors were withdrawn.
All in all, then, a deal which President Saddam yes, Saddam the wicked,
Saddam the torturer, Saddam the lover of gas warfare could never, ever accept.
He's not meant to accept this. Which is why the Anglo-American draft for
the UN is intended to give us war, rather than peace and security from
weapons of mass destruction.
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