Jewish World Review Nov. 15 , 2002 / 10 Kislev, 5763
A close reading of Iraq's letter of acceptance makes it clear
that Saddam will almost certainly refuse to live up to its terms
Today, Saddam agreed to "deal with
the terms of the U.N. resolution to disarm."
Everyone is talking about how Saddam has
accepted it. But if you actually read the Iraqi
letter of acceptance, it's quite clear Saddam will
almost certainly refuse to live up to its terms.
First, Iraq denies having "Developed weapons of mass
destruction, whether nuclear, chemical or biological as
claimed by evil people." Well by December 8, Saddam has
to chronicle all of his weapons, and if he continues to deny
he has any, it seems almost certain that military force will be
Second, it sure sounds like Saddam is ready for just
that. In the letter to the U.N., the minister for foreign affairs
says, "The people of Iraq will not choose to live at the price
of their dignity, country, freedom or sanctities and they
would rather make their lives the price if that was the only
way to safeguard what they must safeguard." Safeguarding
those weapons could lead to war.
Third, they refer to the American administration as the
"gang of evil" and Tony Blair as the "lackey." It's clear
they're trying to be bellicose rather than conciliatory.
And finally, Iraq says the terms from the 1991
resolution will be "The final word and reference": A
resolution that's far less specific when it comes to the
obligations and rights of both the inspectors and Saddam.
So bottom line, don't be fooled. It sure looks like
Saddam will continue to defy the will of the international
community, and whether you agree with it or not, I think this
nation should prepare for war.
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