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[ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] With the passing of resolution 1511 the UN Security Council continues its support for US aggression against the people of Iraq. Past UNSC resolutions have imposed onerous peace terms and murderous economic warfare against Iraq. Through the nineties and the right up to the invasion, the UN Security Council denied Iraq a forum to protest the US and British bombing attacks and hostile "no-fly-zone" overflights. Under UN sanctions Iraq was not even allowed to pay its UN dues, and thereby denied a voice in the United Nations. This is the same Security Council whose weapons inspection teams (paid for by Iraq) were used for covert US operations against Iraq. The same UNSC that validated the US claim that Iraq's weapons of mass destruction posed an intolerable military threat to the world, while ignoring the openly stated intent of the US to invade Iraq. The same Security Council that on May 23, 2003 with resolution 1483, recognized the US occupation as the legitimate authority over Iraq. This resolution ceded UN control of Iraq's oil to the well-armed thieves. This move by the Security Council gave the US a powerful incentive to continue to attack and plunder weaker nations. Appeasement and accommodation emboldens the US crusaders and ensures the escalation of imperialist war. In the midst of a deadly counterinsurgency war, the international body voted unanimously to promote the expansion of ongoing US military operations against the people of Iraq. US military commanders now enjoy UN Security Council authorization to "take all necessary measures to contribute to the maintenance of security and stability in Iraq..." (Article 13). For the past six months we have seen US commanders "taking all necessary measures" cutting a wide and deep swath of terror and blood through Iraq. This endorsement of the US oil war in Iraq by the Security Council is a vivid testament to international organization's moral and political bankruptcy. The US and the UN Security Council fatally abuse the principle of Iraqi national sovereignty with resolution 1511. In this scheme, Iraq is entrusted to the foreign country currently violating its national sovereignty, the United States. According to the resolution the US will determine when to grant Iraqis their sovereign rights and end its occupation. This is an illusion. The US will never of its own choosing end the occupation of Iraq. Bob Allen _______________________________________________ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk