Why Was The UN Bombed in Iraq?

jacdon at earthlink.net jacdon at earthlink.net
Tue Aug 19 12:35:50 MDT 2003

>From the Mid-Hudson (N.Y.) Activist Newsletter, August 19, 2003


The deadly bombing of UN headquarters in Baghdad Aug. 19 was one more
tragic result of the Bush administration's unjust, illegal and immoral
war against Iraq.

And it is one more indication — along with the mounting anger over the
continuing suffering, chaos and deprivation inflicted upon the Iraqi
people by the invasion,  and the resulting guerrilla war against the
U.S. occupation — that the White House imperial adventure in Iraq is
becoming an utter fiasco.

Many people are asking, why was the UN a target since its only task is
to assist in the reconstruction of Iraq?  In the eyes of many Iraqis,
however, the UN role has been far more complex.

For example, Washington's invasion was not condemned by the United
Nations even though it was a clear violation of the UN charter, to which
the U.S. is a signatory.    Further, the UN has recognized in practice
the legitimacy of the U.S.-selected Iraqi governing council, a group
which can only make decisions with the approval of Washington.  Also,
the UN mission in Iraq, under the limited mandate permitted by the White
House, is indirectly providing the U.S. with the semblance of
international support for its war and occupation.

Lastly, and to many Iraqis most importantly, the sanctions maintained by
the U.S. for 12 years, which have resulted in the deaths of well over a
million civilians, were carried out under UN auspices.

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