I watched a good bit of the Security Council session yesterday. How depressing. About half the speakers appeared not be dealing with the real world. Even the New York Times finally noticed that some speakers were taking seriously “yesterday’s laughable decree that the development of weapons of mass destruction is now prohibited in Iraq.” Yet, those speaking from the fantasy world were cheered and applauded. US, UK and Spanish speakers dealing with reality were met with stony silence.
How will this play out? Probably the US and its allies will attack Iraq outside of the UN structure. Conceivably nobody will attack Iraq, and Iraq will obtain more WMDs including perhaps nuclear weapons. Either way, the UN will hav been shown to the world as worse than useless. Nobody will ever again expect the Security Council to actually solve threats to international security.
The only solution, as the Times points out, would be for the Security Council “to pass a new resolution that sets a deadline for unconditional Iraqi compliance and authorizes military action if Baghdad falls short.” Unfortunately, the tone of yesterday’s meeting made it appear that nothing like that resolution is in the cards.
The UN is now a standing corpse.