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Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Washington Post Cheers as UN Sells Out Iraqi Sovereignty

The Washington Post doesn't even try to conceal its cheerleading for the latest UN resolution pushed for by Bush and Blair (emphasis added):
In a major push to win international backing before the Group of Eight summit begins, the United States made several last-minute concessions to incorporate French and Russian demands in a proposed United Nations resolution on Iraq. It should win unanimous support in a Security Council vote today, U.N. diplomats predicted.

Passage would be a pivotal victory for the Bush administration as it ends a 14-month occupation of Iraq -- and be a stark contrast to the divisions and diplomatic disarray at the world body when the United States failed last year to win U.N. backing for a resolution authorizing military intervention in Iraq.

The resolution is critical for Iraq, because it bestows international legitimacy on the new government 22 days before the occupation ends. With the U.N. vote today, U.S. Ambassador John D. Negroponte said, Iraq will soon begin "a new phase in the political history, the full restoration of sovereignty and authority over Iraq's own affairs."
Farther down, we read how much sovereignty Iraq will really have:
At the same time, however, the draft allows the multinational force to take "all necessary measures" to provide security and reserves the right to detain Iraqis viewed as a security threat. The latter remains a sensitive issue because of prisoner abuse by U.S. troops at Abu Ghraib and other Iraqi prisons.
Sorry, but George Worthless Bush can decide which of your citizens gets arrested in your own country, you do not have sovereignty.

Basically, the French, Germans, Russians and others who pretended to defend international law last year by pretending to oppose the war in Iraq have sold the Iraqi people down both the Tigris and the Euphrates, in the hope that they've given the new puppet regime enough authority to throw a few contracts their way. And the Post is doing everything it can to cover up for Bush's massive failures.