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By "illegal" I mean that the "no-fly" zones were not authorised by the UN. If Schwarzkopf agreed terms with Iraq on the no-fly zones then he did so as a US agent, not as a UN agent, since the zones are not recognised by the UN. When the UN empowered the US, UK and others to remove Iraq from Kuwait it did not authorise the decimation of its troops which took place within Iraq, or bombing raids on Iraq. I don't think therefore that any agreement made by Iraq under threat of such illegal military action can itself me regarded as legal. At the very least, it was not an agreement made with the UN. The UK/US claim that they are protecting Kurdish people is hardly credible when they allow Turkish incursions into Northern Iraq, and have themselves killed and maimed many innocent people in the process of "patrolling" the zones. However, my point was to try to clarify the legal status of the no-fly zones; Iraq may well have reneged on certain agreed terms with the UN, but the no-fly zones were imposed by the US/UK, not least to provide them with an excuse for sporadic and unwarranted bombing raids on Iraq. This was an astute move by the US and its puppy since it can be used to neatly divert media attention from various embarrassments in the White House, as well as increasing arms sales and reminding the rest of the world just who's in charge. We're not likely to forget that Iraq is run by a brutal regime; what I think we are in danger of forgetting, and in the case of the no-fly zones have already done, is that in the presence of the UN we don't need American and Britain to assume the role of world cop. > How can this be termed "illegal" after Iraq agreed to the terms ? > Excuse me for asking you to clarify this, but I remember Szwarzkopf being asked by the Iraqi >regime to allow flights and it ended up with Iraq agreeing to terms put to them that prevented >their flights by plane and helicopters. This also took into consideration that there would be less >opportunties for Iraq to go after the Kurdish peoples. I recall > the entire matter agreed upon included that Iraq would return all third-national and Kuwaiti >detainees to The State of Kuwait, plus return all the stolen personal items, as well as artifacts >loaded en masse and taken to Iraq during the illegal occupation ........................... > > A. Briton -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email firstname.lastname@example.org Full archive and list instructions are available from the CASI website: http://welcome.to/casi