- The Washington Times - Friday, September 13, 2002

President Bush's address to the United Nations reads well, but it was delivered even better. It was useful for the assembled delegates to be on the receiving end of the president's intense and challenging glares. The television camera's continual cut aways to the Iraqi delegation revealed their declining mood changes. Insouciance changed to frozen stares on the faces of the Iraqi delegates as the president delivered his cold, hammer-blow indictment of their master's regime. Moreover, Mr. Bush's long ultimatum included the demand for "immediate" Iraqi actions that would seem to be inconsistent with the continuation of the Saddam Hussein government. Particularly noteworthy in that regard was his demand that "If the Iraqi regime wishes peace, it will cease persecution of its civilian population…" But the continuation of Saddam's regime of any tyranny requires the persecution of its people. No tyrant can survive without his secret police and their methods. And note that if such persecutions do not end, then Iraq will not have "peace." Which means it will have war.

The indictment presented by the president left no need for a trial. Both the facts and his cold-blooded presentation of them should have left no doubt in the mind of any of the U.N. delegates that the role the president has offered the United Nations is not judge or jury, but co-hangman. Far from pleading for U.N. action, the president has put the U.N. itself in the dock, charged should it not act as the president has instructed with being "irrelevant." In his peroration, he asserted that the United States would act. All he offered the United Nations was the opportunity to do so "as well." Having so forcefully, personally and unambiguously made such demands, President Bush has virtually assured that either Saddam will be removed from office, or he himself will be.

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