It appears that the current Bush administration, paired up with the U.K.’s Tony Blair, is insisting on incredibly stringent regulations concerning weapons inspections in Iraq.
It’s not good enough to have free reign in looking over almost the entire nation – they want to be able to look in the presidential palaces as well.
I wonder, at times like these, what Tony Blair and George W. would think if the U.N. decided to inspect every inch of Buckingham Palace for anthrax, or if inspectors consisting of citizens of enemy nations demanded to go through the private quarters of the White House in case there’s a nuclear missile hiding there.
But then, I know what they’d say and think. They’d say “no way, no how, keep out of our country.” This, in spite of the fact that we’re known to have far larger quantities of weapons of mass destruction than Iraq could possibly own.
You see, though, Dubya is the leader of a superpower, so he can feel free to demand that his plans be followed to the letter while ignoring other nations’ concerns. Any body that constructs any kind of national government is going to result in compromises among nations. That’s part of what you get when you sign on. Bush and Blair haven’t quite figured this part out yet, though.
The U.S. government seems so used to getting its way ever since it’s been able to say that the mean Muslim world is picking on it that we can’t accept the reality that U.N. approved weapons inspections aren’t going to be based solely on our preferences.
Without the U.N., there would not even be the possibility of weapons inspections. I am certain that Saddam would be less than comfortable with the idea of U.S. forces alone investigating his nation. This is one of those cases where the U.N. is actually doing us some good, and the current administration is fighting it tooth and nail.
Of course, this is not done without reason. The Bush administration has been pushing toward war with Iraq for some time now, and was pretty surprised to find out that, in spite of (very loose and circumstantial) evidence that Iraq supported terrorist organization Al Qaeda, other nations weren’t willing to help us.
“But,” those in the Bush administration said, “We’ve got terrorists in our midsts! Terrorists, don’t you understand?” They were met with a universal shrugging of shoulders, with several other nations urging them to “join the club.”
When that happened, Bush got upset. We’ll do it on our own, then, he said. The U.N., designed precisely to prevent this sort of thing, offered to try to start weapons inspections – after all, if the Iraqis aren’t building up the ultra-arsenal Bush claims they are, there shouldn’t be a problem, right? Wrong.
Bush is trying to create problems in weapons inspections. By making more and more tough demands, he’s creating a situation where the Iraqi government will eventually need to say “no, you can’t go there.” Once they do, that’s all the motive he needs for an attack.
When our government digs in its heels, it’s at best an embarrassment – along the lines of the kid at the grocery store who won’t stop crying until he has his cocoa puffs and a candy bar, too. At worst, though, it’s international manipulation on a large scale – the kind of manipulation we would surely be rabidly against, were it not for the fact that since September 11, U.S. citizens have suddenly re-embraced the credo: My country, right or wrong.