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Bushs War Has Damaged the United Nations

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By attacking Iraq, the United States and United Kingdom have seriously harmed the system of the UN Charter for collective security. The UN Charter established rules governing the use of force. In the case of Iraq, the Security Council had adopted a great number of resolutions applying Chapter VII, beginning in 1990. Two resolutions are especially relevant: Resolution 678 (1990) and Resolution 687 (1991). By the end of 1998, Iraq suddenly refused to admit the inspectors of the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM) into the country. The "just demands of the world" could not be vindicated, as President Bush claimed, by one nation or a coalition of nations without the Security Council's approval. A majority of the Council opposed the war. There is a temptation to gloss over the illegality of the war by pointing to some of its salutary effects.

Keywords: Bush's war; Iraq; UN charter; United Nations; United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM)



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