Annan: Iraq war was 'illegal'
The U.S. decision to go to war in Iraq without the approval of the U.N. Security Council was "illegal," Secretary-General Kofi Annan told the BBC on Wednesday.
"I hope we do not see another Iraq-type operation for a long time -- without U.N. approval and much broader support from the international community," he said in an interview with the BBC World Service.
The U.N. Charter allows nations to take military action with Security Council approval as an explicit enforcement action, such as during the Korean War and the 1991 Gulf War.
But in 2003, in the build-up to the Iraq war, the United States dropped an attempt to get a Security Council resolution approving the invasion when it became apparent it would not pass.
At the time, Annan had underlined the lack of legitimacy for a war without U.N. approval, saying: "If the United States and others were to go outside the Security Council and take unilateral action they would not be in conformity with the Charter."
Thursday, September 16
Bush Made America a New Rogue Nation
If the neocons weren't so freaking convinced that the United Nations is a crazy-assed enemy of the United States hell-bent on our destruction (even though they're BASED here), I'd say this was a good spanking. Unfortunately, the foam-at-the-mouth crackheads will dismiss this appraisal by the chief peace-keeping body of the planet with their usual UN/France/Germany/Terrorists bullcrap.
Posted by Howard Hoffman at 11:16 AM