SUBJ TONY BLAIR DID NOT, SAY AGAIN, ACT ALONE--
(HQ)--For some reason, most of the effort to take the low road to blame in the Gulf War has been directed to Tony Blair and George Bush. Convenient as it may seem, President Clinton had his own agenda for ridding the world of the Iraqi menace in 1998. Had it been successful, all the Chilcoot reports in the world would have been praising Blair for his part in Op Desert Fox.
How all of this played out in the Chilcot Report can be found in the opening segments--
1.1 I UK Iraq strategy 1990 to 2000
requirement for Iraq to fulfil those obligations had been confirmed in successive Security Council resolutions.2"
656. Mr Blair added that, when the MOU between Mr Annan and Iraq had been agreed in February: "... the Security Council said that any breach by Iraq of its obligations ... would result in 'the severest consequences'. The Council has condemned Iraq's decision to end co-operation again and again. On 14 November, we gave Iraq a further chance to come back into compliance. Given Iraq's manifest failure to co-operate in the past month, I am satisfied that, if we should choose to use force, we have the necessary legal authority to do so."
Operation Desert Fox 657. The US and UK launched air attacks against Iraq, Operation Desert Fox, at 2200 on 16 December.287
658. Military action began while the Security Council was holding informal discussions on the IAEA and UNSCOM reports and the options identified by Mr Annan.2" 659. MrAnnan issued a press statement in which he said it was "a sad day for the United Nations, and for the world" as well as a "very sad day" for him personally. Throughout the year, he had "done everything" in his power "to ensure peaceful compliance with Security Council resolutions, and to avert the use of force". It had "not been an easy or a painless process", but "the United Nations had to try as long as any hope for peace remained".2"
660. MrAnnan concluded:
"I deeply regret that today these efforts have proved insufficient. "What has happened to day cannot be reversed. Nor can any of us foresee the future. All we know is that tomorrow, as yesterday, there will still be an acute need, in Iraq and the wider region, for humanitarian relief and healing diplomacy. In both these tasks, the United Nations will be ready, as ever, to play its part."
661. In a public statement, President Clinton said that; while other countries had weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles, the international community had good reason to impose restrictions on Iraq because it had "repeatedly" used them,
266 House of Commons, Official Report, 16 December 1998, columns 961-962. 267 BBC News, 16 December 1998, Blair's statement on Iraq strikes: Full text. 262 UN Security Council, '3955th Meeting Wednesday 16 December 1998' (SIPV.3995). 2" UN Press Release, 16 December 1998, 'Secretary-General deeply regrets that United Nations efforts to seek peace in Iraq have proved insufficient' (SG/SM/6841).
Liberals, academicians, non-combatants and just plain disgruntled anti-war elements in society will single out anybody and everybody to point the blame, making the tyrant Hussein look like a victim of some international plot to get rid of him. The second part of that is true. He was no victim but the plot was international, it did succeed. Bush and Blair did not act alone.
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