Tuesday, February 25, 2003


The Merkins have finally put their draft resolution before the security council, and it is basically a license to bomb. Meanwhile, the French, Germans and Russians have countered with a memorandum calling for further inspections.

Currently its looking like the Americans can't win the nine positive votes they need for Security Council approval, but this could change. They are apparantly pulling out all the stops and threatening smaller members of the council with a cessation of US aid. If they strongarm enough countries into backing them, the UN effectively becomes a joke. And if they don't, then they will almost certainly act unilaterally, for much the same effect. It's a lose-lose proposition for the UN either way, but at least one way they get to keep their soul.