- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 10, 2002

President Bush yesterday warned Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein that the new U.N. resolution requiring him to "declare and destroy all weapons of mass destruction" is the "final test" Baghdad must complete without delay or face the consequences.
"The world has now come together to say that the outlaw regime in Iraq will not be permitted to build or possess chemical, biological or nuclear weapons," Mr. Bush said in his radio address, one day after the 15-member U.N. Security Council adopted the tough resolution by unanimous vote.
"That is the judgment of the United Nations Security Council. That is the judgment of the United States Congress. And my administration will see to it that the world's judgment is enforced," the president said, adding:
"If Iraq fails to fully comply with the U.N. resolution, the United States, in coalition with other nations, will disarm Saddam Hussein."
Saddam himself remained silent regarding the tough new resolution. But a statement broadcast yesterday on Baghdad's satellite television channel reflected the Iraqi government's obvious anger about the turn of events.
"The whole world knows that the approval of the resolution was the result of U.S. blackmail and pressure exerted on Security Council members," the television broadcast said.
Iraq has until Friday to decide whether to accept or reject the terms of the resolution.
Foreign Minister Naji Sabri yesterday gave no indication how his country is leaning. "Baghdad will study the resolution, and we will make a decision later," he told the Associated Press.
In his radio address, Mr. Bush laid out exactly what Iraq must do to comply with the new resolution and avoid the otherwise certain risk of military invasion.
"Iraq must now, without delay or negotiations, give up its weapons of mass destruction, welcome full [U.N. weapons] inspections, and fundamentally change the approach it has taken for more than a decade," the president said.
Mr. Bush added: "The regime must allow immediate and unrestricted access to every site, every document, and every person identified by inspectors. Iraq can be certain that the old game of cheat-and-retreat, tolerated at other times, will no longer be tolerated. Any act of delay or defiance will be an additional breach of Iraq's international obligations, and a clear signal that the Iraqi regime has once again abandoned the path of voluntary compliance."
U.S. diplomats, led by Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, worked for eight weeks to develop a resolution that met the administration's needs and was also acceptable to other members of the Security Council.
The 15-0 vote, a powerful and unprecedented endorsement of the Bush administration's tough line against the Iraqi dictator, topped off a week in which the president saw Republicans regain control of the Senate and strengthen their majority in the House. Many observers credited the popular president's active campaigning for Republican candidates as an important factor in the party's historic victory.
While Mr. Bush ordered Iraq to comply with the new U.N. resolution, he also used his radio address to prod Congress to pass legislation to create a new Department of Homeland Security and to help improve the weaker economy.
"Republicans and Democrats in Congress are strongly supporting our war on terror. As the current Congress returns to Washington this week, I hope we can act in the same spirit of unity to complete that unfinished business," Mr. Bush said.
To help bolster the economy, the president said Congress immediately needs to pass legislation allowing for construction projects to "get insurance against terrorism at a reasonable rate." Mr. Bush said enactment of terrorism insurance "will create thousands of good hard-hat jobs that are now on hold."


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