Jewish World Review March 11, 2003 / 7 Adar II, 5763
What a new deadline for Iraq should really mean
Britain is proposing a new resolution, which would give Saddam until March 17 to demonstrate "full, unconditional, immediate cooperation in accordance with its disarmament obligations."
LOOK, the chances Saddam will even come close to complying are remote at best and that may not even pass. But, this should be considered a legitimate final opportunity for Saddam to avoid war, an opportunity this administration should hope Saddam accepts, not a false standard designed to ensure he fails.
There should be no technical failures, no legal interpretations, no "close but no cigar," no "sorry you're out of time." This should not be about process. It's too important.
If Saddam comes forward in the next few days, admits he has many of the weapons the U.N. has long known he has, of which he's denied owning, and then agrees to destroy them, that in and of itself should be sufficient to show what Secretary Powell has called Saddam's willingness to do what he has to do, a demonstration of a new mentality, a last effort at survival.
If he shows a new, serious willingness to disarm, that should, at the least, postpone any military effort.
Look, if it turns out to be only a fraction of his illegal weapons, he'll be back on the hot seat again, war again on his doorstep. I still hope there's some way to avoid war without allowing Saddam to keep his dangerous arsenal of weapons. I'm not hopeful, just hoping.
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