U.N. Adopts New Resolution on Iraq

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November 8, 2002

By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press Writer

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The Security Council unanimously approved a tough new Iraq resolution Friday aimed at forcing Saddam Hussein to disarm or face "serious consequences" that would almost certainly mean war.

President Bush threatened Saddam Hussein with "the severest consequences" if he fails to disarm. "The outcome of the current crisis is already determined. The full disarmament of weapons of mass destruction will occur. The only question for the Iraqi regime is to decide how," he said in the White House Rose Garden. "His cooperation must be prompt and unconditional or he will face severest consequences."

The unanimous vote came as a surprise with support even from Syria, Iraq's neighbor, and Russia whose yes vote was not known until the last moment.

Iraq said it would review the resolution before deciding whether to accept the plan, Iraq's U.N. ambassador told The Associated Press.

"Iraq will certainly study the resolution and decide whether we can accept it or not," Iraqi Ambassador Mohammed Al-Douri said moments after the resolution was unanimously approved.

Al-Douri also said he was surprised by Syria's support for the resolution but said Baghdad would not hold it against Damascus.

"I don't blame anyone. We respect and understand all the votes," he said, hinting that Iraq had also held out hope for a Russian abstention which never came.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who had worked closely with the United States in preparing the tougher new stance, warned Saddam he will face military action if he fails to comply.

"Defy the U.N.'s will and we will disarm you by force," Blair told reporters at his 10 Downing St. office. "Be in no doubt whatever over that." But Blair said the resolution would not necessarily bring war. "Conflict is not inevitable, but disarmament is," he said. END

The game is up for Saddam. This is a serious threat from the U.S. and U.K….oh, and yes, the U.N. should receive some recognition, although, they would have rather turn a blind eye to the whole thing. But it looks like everyone is on the same page now.

In a nutshell the rules are as follows. Iraq must fully comply with the resolution within seven days or face grave consequences. Iraq is at this time reviewing the resolution.

It is my belief that they will comply and engage in a high stakes game of hide and seek. There will be a lot of gray areas that will come up and Saddam will push the envelop to its limits. You can bet he will use world opinion against the U.S. when possible. It's no secret that most of the world, despite the unanimous U.N. vote, are anti-American and will take whatever opportunity they have to hinder progress in the inspections.

President Bush will have to stand strong in the U.S. as well due to the numerous liberal groups in our own backyard who hate America and what it stands for.

But make no mistake; Iraq has no intention of giving up any weapons. Once the inspections have played out their usefulness, there will be war. Whether it will be now or later is the question.

This is a critical time and unlike the war in Afghanistan or the first Gulf War, this war could lead to the use nuclear weaponry. How do I know this…I don't! But if we knew what they had, there wouldn't be a need for inspections. We need look no further than North Korea, who recently shocked the world with their disclosure of a secret nuclear program and its advances to determine this.

Are you ready to meet the Lord? If not, today is a good day to receive Him.

Pastor Malone

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