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The media is saying lots of things like: "But UN certification that Iraq is free of weapons of mass destruction in necessary for international sanctions to be lifted - a move seen as important in the rebuilding of the country." [www.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/2952627.stm] While this was the intention of the original resolutions, the security council can simply decide to change the rules and lift sanctions, yes? And with US/UK presumably in favour, and the rest of the SC having been less supportive of sanctions, there's no reason why it shouldn't happen. Grossly unfair, but better for Iraq. My question is: are the BBC [and others] simply ignorant, or is it likely that sanctions will not be dropped until inspectors have been in Iraq for a while? If the former, can we just ignore the media, or will they have any impact on policians? If the latter, which countries are likely to oppose sanctions-lifting, and what can we do about it? Dan [who, while he would dearly love to see the US undergo the same scrutiny and suspicion as Iraq, would prefer sanctions to be lifted] ------------ Daniel O'Huiginn firstname.lastname@example.org 07789 260207 01223 564613 O9, Queens College ------------ "While it's still early, Iraqi revolution seems to have succeeded. It is almost certainly a net gain for our side" White House memo, 8th February 1963 "We cannot base our military strategy on the basis that Saddam is weak and at the same time justify pre-emptive action on the claim that he is a serious threat" Robin Cook _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk