Iraq Is Violating Its 17th Security Council Resolution — We Don’t Need Another One

Rice Calls Security Council’s Actions ‘Appeasement’ (washingtonpost.com)
Condi’s absolutely right that the UNSC is appeasing Saddam. He’s being allowed to play his same games — force negotiations over things he’s already agreed to or that are required of him.

I hope I’m wrong, but I’m getting the impression that Tony Blair is going to get tossed out in Britain when this is all said and done. That being the case, we should just say screw this whole mess and pull the trigger now. There’s nothing to be gained from waiting.

National security adviser Condoleezza Rice said yesterday that the United Nations Security Council was aiding Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s efforts to weaken international will against his country and compared the reluctance of France and others to support war against him to appeasement of Nazi Germany before World War II.

“Any time you have a situation in which you are calling for more time rather than calling for Iraq to immediately comply” with U.N. disarmament resolutions, Rice said, “it plays into the hands” of Hussein.

“We need to remind everybody that tyrants don’t respond to any kind of appeasement,” she said. “Tyrants respond to toughness. And that was true in the 1930s and 1940s when we failed to respond to tyranny and it is true today.” Rice spoke in interviews on “Fox News Sunday” and NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Rice’s comments were the Bush administration’s first extended public response to Friday’s council meeting, in which the vast majority of members spoke in favor of allowing more time for U.N. inspectors to search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. She underscored the administration’s determination to maintain pressure on the Security Council to confront Iraq despite continued resistance of some leading U.S. allies in Europe and unprecedented antiwar demonstrations around the world this weekend.

A dispute within NATO appeared to have been resolved last night with agreement in Brussels to allow the transatlantic alliance to help Turkey plan defensive measures against a possible war on its border with Iraq. But that is unlikely to affect the increasingly bitter Security Council dispute.

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