Many U.N. resolutions are being overlooked |

Many U.N. resolutions are being overlooked

On Sept. 12, (President George W.) Bush delivered a polished but totally irrational speech to the United Nations General Assembly. In a nutshell, he told his audience to enforce U.N. resolutions regarding Iraq and disregard all others, otherwise the U.S. will take the matter into its own hands, a total disregard to the U.N. charter, to which the U.S. is a signatory.

It’s pretty hard to pack so much nonsense into a single address. The United States cannot unilaterally decide which U.N. resolutions to enforce, military or not. By doing so, the U.S. would become the outlaw.

A quick reminder that the U.N. security council has, as of today, voted and fully approved (with no vetoes) 1,434 resolutions beginning with the historic “resolution number one” on Jan. 25, 1946. A certain number of these resolutions have still yet to be implemented, particularly regarding the Middle East. The best known among those pending enforcement is Resolution 242 of Nov. 22, 1967. Disregarding all these resolutions, many of which deal with our ally Israel, and focusing only on the resolutions pertaining to Iraq, is a slap in the face of the world community in general and the U.N. in particular.

I will even go one step further. Resolution 687 of 1991, the first and main resolution regarding Iraq, details the sanctions and other obligations concerning Iraq, Kuwait and other countries of the region. Among other things, the resolution mentions the elimination of arms of mass destruction in the region. This means that the U.S. has pledged to invade/attack Israel, unless Israel does it willingly, to dismantle its weapons matching the description of the U.N. resolution (atomic bombs, etc.). I wonder if Bush even looked at resolution 687 before reading his speech … or maybe he wants nothing but enforcement of certain sections of certain resolutions of his choosing. If that’s the case, he should have said so more clearly.

Alain Lazard

Nevada City

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