UN Security Council fails Iraqi people
The UN Security Council has adopted by a vote of 14 to 0, with Syria abstaining, a new resolution on Iraq that is hypocritical, unprincipled and politically gutless. In effect, the resolution is a capitulation by France, Germany, Russia and China and other Security Council members, to the military occupation and colonisation of Iraq by the US and Britain. The resolution is a betrayal of the Iraqi people, papered over by meaningless phrases about the "right of the Iraqi people freely to determine their own political future and control their own natural resources", while "expressing resolve that the day when Iraqis govern themselves must come quickly". It talks of "equal rights and justice to all Iraqi citizens" and of "benefiting the people of Iraq". The resolution even talks about complying with the "Geneva Conventions" when everyone knows that these conventions have been massively violated by the US and British forces. It does not mention compliance with the Charter of the UN that has been torn to shreds by the US-British invasion of Iraq. Despite the fact that no weapons of mass destruction have been found and that Iraq is under military occupation, the resolution says that Iraq "continues to constitute a threat to international peace and security". Iraq is told that it "must meet its disarmament obligations". The Security Council has recognised the "authorities, responsibilities and obligations under applicable international law of [Britain and the US] as occupying powers". In the resolution, they are recognised as "the Authority" . This in fact, legitimises the invasion of Iraq although the UN representative of the Russian Federation claims that the resolution is not to be regarded as legitimisation of the war. The UN is to appoint a representative who is to "work intensively with the Authority", that is, the US and British occupying powers. Main attention in the resolution is given to the economic control of Iraq's resources, particularly oil, although it continues the pretence that this wealth is to be used for the benefit of the Iraqi people. A Development Fund for Iraq has been set up by the US and its funds are to be deposited in the Bank of Iraq. But what is not mentioned is that the manager of this bank is an American. His name is Peter McPherson. He has been appointed by the US authorities to control Iraq's oil revenues and as manager of Iraq's central Bank. McPherson was formerly deputy US Treasury Secretary and Bank of America executive. The Development Fund will be disbursed "at the direction of the Authority, in consultation with the Iraqi Interim administration". The reality is that an Interim administration has not been set up and its formation has been delayed until at least July. Even when an Interim Administration is formed, it will be under the effective control of "the Authority". The oil for food program is to be phased out over six months. Once again, the disbursement of the money in this fund, estimated to be about $US10 billion, is handed over to "the Authority". This is Iraqi money but it is going to be plundered by the US and British colonialists and even by the UN. The UN's "projected costs . for the implementation of the program both at headquarters and in the field" will be taken out of the "oil for food" money. All money from the sale of Iraqi oil is to go into the Development Fund, "until such time as an internationally recognised, representative government of Iraq is properly constituted". There are no time limits imposed for the creation of a "democratic" government, for the ending of the US and British occupation, or restriction on the establishment of military bases on Iraqi territory. Permanent bases are already being constructed. In all respects, "the Authority" has absolute power and the role for the UN is a sick joke. The resolution further weakens the prestige of the UN and undermines its ability to be able to take effective action to protect the people of any country, including those of the governments that capitulated before US and British military power and voted for this deplorable resolution. Step by step, the United Nations is being undermined by the governments of the big powers whose opportunism and lack of principle are again on display in this resolution. It is not the fault of the UN as an institution although it has many weaknesses. The world needs a body such as the UN but governments are betraying the hope and trust placed in the UN by the people of the world.