February 26, 2003
The Great UN Diversion
Those who think that President Bush's strenuous effort to secure UN approval of a US-led Saddamectomy is anything other than a component of a comprehensive military strategy should read this excerpt from a Washington Post report:
In meetings yesterday with senior officials in Moscow, Undersecretary of State John R. Bolton told the Russian government that "we're going ahead," whether the council agrees or not, a senior administration official said. "The council's unity is at stake here."
A senior diplomat from another council member said his government had heard a similar message and was told not to anguish over whether to vote for war.
"You are not going to decide whether there is war in Iraq or not," the diplomat said U.S. officials told him. "That decision is ours, and we have already made it. It is already final. The only question now is whether the council will go along with it or not."
Question: If the decision was America's and the decision had already been made and the decision is final, then why bother with the UN at all? Answer: Diversion.
American and British overtures to the UN are a classic military diversion. While the rest of the world and the press are fixated on Security Council meetings, arms inspections, signs of Iraqi compliance, Franco-German mendacity, anti-Bush street protests, George Clooney's moral preening and the grandstanding of a variety of pro-Saddam Democrats, US and allied forces in the Persian Gulf have grown from 50,000 last March to over 200,000 today.
And those 200,000+ personnel have not been sitting around waiting on the Security Council to approve their deployment.
For example, US and British special forces have been on the ground in Iraq for months presumably reconnoitring the enemy. And the coalition warplanes enforcing the northern and southern Iraqi no-fly zones have, over the last year, destroyed major Iraqi military installations. In fact, just yesterday, American fighter pilots bombed Iraqi missile systems in the northern no-fly zone and a contingent of American and British warplanes destroyed an Iraqi anti-aircraft missile system in the southern no-fly zone. Unless you regularly peruse news wire reports, you probably knew nothing about these attacks because most of the press was slobbering over Bush's latest proposed UN resolution and Dan Rather's interview with Saddam.
Amazingly, the war to liberate Iraq has been underway for months and a lot of people haven't noticed. Bush's UN ploy is the most successful military diversion since the Allies fooled Hitler with Operation Fortitude in 1944.
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