Sunday, June 12


The heat is intensifying.

The briefing paper, for participants at a meeting of Blair’s inner circle on July 23, 2002, said that since regime change was illegal it was “necessary to create the conditions” which would make it legal.
The document said the only way the allies could justify military action was to place Saddam Hussein in a position where he ignored or rejected a United Nations ultimatum ordering him to co-operate with the weapons inspectors. But it warned this would be difficult.

“It is just possible that an ultimatum could be cast in terms which Saddam would reject,” the document says. But if he accepted it and did not attack the allies, they would be “most unlikely” to obtain the legal justification they needed.

The suggestions that the allies use the UN to justify war contradicts claims by Blair and Bush, repeated during their Washington summit last week, that they turned to the UN in order to avoid having to go to war. The attack on Iraq finally began in March 2003.

UPDATE: WaPo has more. And AmericaBlog directs us to this definitive article.


Blogger Roger The Okcitykid said...

I'm starting to become a believer once again.

There just might be intelegent life on this planet after all.

2:56 PM  
Blogger Motherlode said...

We liberals are such a hopeful people --

8:46 AM  

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