Text: Letter From Iraqi Foreign Minister to the U.N. (washingtonpost.com)Six Pages to Say Yes...I think not Wacko is an over used word. It really should be reserved for the sorts of people who write letters like this.
"Go thou to Pharaoh, for he has indeed transgressed all bounds. But speak to him mildly; perchance he may take warning or fear (Alla)."
The bin Laden tape yesterday used Pharaoh as well. But it missed calling Tony Blair a lacky....That was reserved for the British left press.
There is lots of anti-Zionist rhetoric, lots of slagging US policy as simply the extension of the Zionist entity's policy by other means; but it is, on a charitable reading, only grudgingly accepting inspection.
It is a remarkably conditional document:
"Dealing with the inspectors, the government of Iraq will, also, take into consideration, their way of conduct, the intentions of those who are ill-intentioned amongst them and their improper approach in showing respect to the people's national dignity, their independence and security, and their country's security, independence and sovereignty. We are eager to see them perform their duties in accordance with the international law as soon as possible."
Not a ringing welcome. And what is the "international law" regarding snap, onsite inspection.
the answer comes several wacky paragraphs later:
"I wish to inform your Excellency before I conclude this letter, that I intend to forward another letter to you on a later date, in which I shall state our observations the measures and procedures, contained in SCR 1441 that are contrary to international law, UN Charter, the facts already established and the measures contained in previous relevant resolutions of the Security Council."
Mr. Ahmed has concluded, before the inspectors set foot in Iraq that at least some, and one rather expects all, of SCR 1441 is contrary to international law. Which, on the basis of his earlier statements suggests the inspectors will be recieved and, the instant they start inspecting, will be held to have contravened "international law" and be told to stop.
Which with some Administrations would have caused a year or two delay and more hoohah at the UN. Saddam and his merry men have missed the point with Bush -- he has no intention of buggering about with this. If the inspectors are stopped the B-2 will be flying a week later.