Do you think we'll get a "condemn" or a "strongly condemn" statement this time?
If you don't, you should. I don't know how you can cheer and make light of the fact that your government has brought about the deaths of a million people. Not only that, but the civil war you were warned about, is now happening with a vengence. About a hundred Iraqis being killed every day now. Are you happy about that as well?
God help us.
16 September 2004
Mr. Annan was repeatedly asked whether the war was "illegal." "Yes," he finally said, "I have indicated it is not in conformity with the UN Charter, from our point of view, and from the Charter point of view it was illegal."
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2003, 13 JanuaryQuote has been trimmed
Q: I wonder what concerns you more - North Korea or Iraq - as the world's senior diplomat, as you begin your New Year here?
SG: I think both are of concern. We will have to try and deal with both as effectively as we can and to avoid any major escalation.
Q: Is North Korea an issue for the Security Council at this time? SG: I think effective diplomatic action, I mean energetic diplomatic action is underway and I hope they will help resolve the conflict. I think the Atomic Agency [IAEA] has indicated we should give diplomacy a chance, and there is quite a lot of effort going on at the moment and I'm hopeful it will work...
SG: Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.
I've just come out of a [Security] Council meeting where we discussed the situation in Iraq. Obviously the members of the Council who had hoped for a long time that it ought to be possible to disarm Iraq peacefully and had hoped to be able to come up with a common position, are today disappointed and frustrated and are worried that they were not able to muster the collective will to find a common basis to move ahead. And obviously, we seem to be at the end of the road here. Yesterday UNMOVIC, the [International] Atomic [Energy] Agency and myself got information from the United States authorities that it would be prudent not to...
Iraq: Insecurity and lawlessness
“No one is safe.” “We need security, not food.” The people who met Amnesty International’s delegates in Basra in April 2003 were concerned above all about insecurity and violence.
They were living in a city ravaged by looting and lawlessness. A city where looting continued, even though anything of any worth had already been stolen. A city where women and girls were too frightened to go out alone, for fear of violence, gun crime and revenge killings.
Disorder, fear and insecurity were prevalent in many parts of Iraq. The previous government’s authority had been removed, but the occupying US and UK forces failed to provide the protection and assistance they owed to the Iraqi people. The lack of preparedness and deployment of resources meant there was a failure to bring the lawlessness under control...
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How many times was it said, by many people, before the invasion of Iraq, that knocking out Saddam's government would create a political vacuum and civil war would be the result? Bush and Rummy knew better. Didn't they?