I hope this adds something to this thread...
The sanctions against Iraq have been lifted as of May 22, 2003...Bush and his allies pushed for this quickly and got most of what they wanted out of this resolution. Of course the sanctions did nothing but torture the civilians of Iraq in the first place,and should have been lifted years ago but that is a different story.
The prize in this resolution is the freedom to rearm Iraq, something the U.S. has done several times already with disastrous results, as history shows...But the bushies must not let down their guard, the U.N. still has the right to inspect for nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction...Is it possible that a U.N. inspector might someday walk up to one of our tanks that use weapons of mass destruction in its projectiles, and flag it as illegal, which it most certainly is and can be classified as such, if the Geneva convention rules are followed? ( I am speaking of D.U. weapons and components)
Here is the part of the resolution that I believe pertains to this thread...
U.N. Security council- resolution 1483
adopted May 22, 2003
Reaffirms that Iraq must meet its disarmament obligations, encourages the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America to keep the Council informed of their activities in this regard, and underlines the intention of the Council to revisit the mandates of the United Nations Monitoring and Verification Commission and the International Atomic Energy Agency as set forth in resolutions 687 (1991) of 3 April 1991, 1284 (1999) of 17 December 1999, and 1441 (2002) of 8 November 2002;
U.N. security council resolution 1483 can be read in full at-
The official announcement by the U.S. department of state of this resolution makes no mention or reference to the language of item 11. Could this be an attempt to hide rushing it through in order to supply arms to the new regime.I suppose that item 11 does say in a vague way that the U.S. and its two allies must let them know what they propose to give the new Iraq in the way of arms...but white house lawyers will certainly find loopholes in that language to justify any kind of weaponry that we decide to give to the Iraqi army or police. But note..it seems to say that the UNSC still retains the right to monitor and verify what is being supplied....I wonder what the administration thought about that? I bet they didn't like it...
The official state department announcement of resolution 1483 can be found at- http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/rls/20911.htm