November 14, 2002

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A unified voice on Iraq

The world sent an important message to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein when the U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution demanding that Iraq submit to unfettered inspections of its weapons programs or face “serious consequences.”

The agreement gives us a slim sense of hope that Iraq can be disarmed without a war. The Bush administration must keep this hope alive by continuing to work through the U.N. to ensure that tough new inspections can work in Iraq.

This won’t be easy. On Monday, the Iraqi parliament voted to reject the United Nations resolution. Many believe Saddam, however, will eventually agree to the U.N.’s demands and that the parliament’s stand was just for show, a way to make the Iraqi dictator look like a good guy.

The best way to disarm Iraq is through the U.N., not a unilateral U.S. military action. The U.S. must be prepared to stand down if Saddam complies with the U.N.’s demands, and the U.N. Security Council must be prepared to enforce its demands if Baghdad balks. And if Saddam is overthrown, a long-term nation-building effort must take place. This will be most successful, not under the leadership of the U.S., but under the watchful eye of the United Nations.

That’s what makes it so important that the U.N. follows through with its latest resolution and why the Bush administration must sincerely work with the U.N. to make it work.

—Robert Mihalek