Sir - It now seems that a second UN resolution will not be
tabled, as it will not be passed. Consequently, Tony Blair is trying
to convince us that the existing resolution, 1441, always offered
sufficient scope for war.
Such a massive policy U-turn by the
Government hands the Opposition fantastic ammunition, yet Iain
Duncan Smith has offered Mr Blair his support. Only the Liberal
Democrats question the international legality of military aggression
without UN support.
The saddest fact is not that Britain is
effectively sidelining the UN, but that we have no effective
opposition. Any opposition will be soon deemed "unpatriotic" and be
stifled, because our troops will be in battle.
Now is the
time for opposition to be vociferous, before the fighting
Garry Honey, Esher, Surrey
17 March 2003
Sir - If any one nation is undermining the credibility of
the UN, surely it is the United States, which is openly
offering the smaller Security Council nations more aid in
return for their votes.
If the UN is to survive,
smaller nations must feel free to vote according to their
conscience and not under the threat that they might be putting
a future aid programme in jeopardy.
Sir - New York's city council last week approved a
resolution opposing war with Iraq, except as a last
resort after other options have
Considering that New York citizens were
the hardest hit by the attacks on September 11, this
surely undermines the Bush/Blair claims justifying a war
against Iraq because of Saddam's alleged support for
If George W Bush can't even get
support in New York, why should the UN back a
pre-emptive strike ?
Martin Boucher, Leeds
|Sir - Following the revelation
Mar 13) that Iraq has developed an unmanned
drone aircraft that can fly for 90 miles, I can
reveal that plans for this machine were given
away free to readers of Aeromodeller magazine in
the April issue of 1988. No doubt our security
services will be able to search that magazine's
archives to determine if Saddam was a
Alex Pincus, Buxted, E.