Yesterday, 25 September 2002, I read the 50 page Iraq Dossier.
Prominent Australians, including former Prime Minister Bob
Hawke, have written to newspapers:
"... We put this conviction directly and unequivocally:
it would constitute a failure of the duty of government to protect
the integrity and ensure the security of our nation to commit
any Australian forces in support of a United States military
offensive against Iraq without the backing of a specific United
Nations Security Council resolution."
Paul Kelly wrote in The Australian yesterday:
"... Consider this: if Hussein prefers a war to his WMD
disarmament, then what horrors does he have in mind?"
On 9 September in his "Letter From America" Allistair
Cooke quoted Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626):
"Armouries, stored arsenals, walled towns, goodly races
of horse, chariots of war, elephants, ordnance, artillery and
the like - all this is but a sheep in a lion's skin unless the
breed and disposition of the people be stout and warlike.
"Nay, numbers in armies matter little where the people
is of weak courage. For, as Virgil says, it never troubles a
wolf how many the sheep be."
In today's editorial The Age included:
"... Even in taking on a dictator who has flouted every
rule, civilised nations must observe the rules or be guilty of
undermining them. ..."
Cardinal Ratzinger was reported by zenit.org on 22 September:
... He said that "the U.N. can be criticized" from
several points of view, but "it is the instrument created
after the war for the coordination -- including moral -- of politics."
The "concept of a 'preventive war' does not appear in
the Catechism of the Catholic Church," Cardinal Ratzinger
I saw an interview with the former weapons inspector Richard
Butler on the 7.30 Report on 17 September. He was asked what
his worst fear was:
You know, my worst fear is that Iraq will actually play the
pea-and-thimble game, the pea-and-shell game again and that it
will break down and there will be a war. And that war will get
bogged down and principle number one is that America doesn't
lose, not this one. And so the weaponry that will be used will
escalate to a terrible level. That's my worst fear. I would rather
see us solve this problem by non-military means, through international
law and prove that the world can work around cooperation and
law, not just the ancient principle that might is right. That's
a bad principle.
I am impressed by the contribution of Archbishop Diarmuid
Martin on the challenges in doing this in "Rule
of law at heart of fight against terror".
Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 26 September 2002.