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Wednesday, September 18, 2002

Halliday is former head of the UN oil-for-food program and a former UN
Assistant Secretary General. Currently in his native Ireland, he said
today: "Now the challenge is for the member states of the Security Council
to do the right thing. By this I mean keep American military aggression at
bay until the UN inspectors have a genuine opportunity to work and for Iraq
to demonstrate fullest cooperation. Whereas the military might of the U.S.
has forced movement, let us not allow that same might to corrupt the UN
into decisions or actions in breech of human rights and other aspects of
international law -- as in the recent past."


Mahajan is author of "The New Crusade: America's War on Terrorism." He said
today: "Colin Powell is certainly right that 'we have seen this game
before' and that we need 'a different road than what we have seen in the
past.' Hopefully, this time around, the U.S. will not use inspectors to spy
on Iraq. Hopefully, this time around, the U.S. will not have them issue a
dubious report to facilitate a bombing campaign as it did in December of
1998. And hopefully, this time around the U.S. will not undermine
inspections by insisting that the economic sanctions continue even after
Iraq has complied with the inspectors. UN Security Council Resolution 687
says that when Iraq complies with weapons inspectors the economic sanctions
'shall have no further force or effect.' Resolution 687 also speaks of
'establishing in the Middle East a zone free from weapons of mass
destruction' -- which also means Israel's 200-plus nuclear weapons."

Zunes is associate professor of politics at the University of San
Francisco, Middle East editor of the Foreign Policy in Focus Project and
author of the article "Seven Reasons to Oppose a U.S. Invasion of Iraq." He
said today: "While healthy skepticism may be necessary when dealing with a
regime like that of Saddam Hussein, the categorical dismissal of this
apparent breakthrough is dangerous.... It appears that the administration
is more interested in finding an excuse to invade Iraq and install a
compliant regime than it is in promoting peace and security.... The list of
UN Security Council resolutions violated by Iraq cited by Bush pales in
comparison to the list of resolutions currently being violated by U.S.
allies. The most extensive violator of UN Security Council resolutions is
Israel, the largest recipient of U.S. military and economic aid."

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