Posted by Pierre Neury (184.108.40.206) on February 20, 2003 at 12:59:14:
In Reply to: The way to peace posted by G. Arthur Woods on February 18, 2003 at 06:41:20:
: I believe in peace - and some times the way to get it is to keep the tyrants down.
: Bush is not the bad guy here.
: The bad guy is Sadam, The inspectors were sent to Iraq to distroy the weapons that we allreay know he has from past inpections. They were not sent to look for weapons. Sadam is hiding weapons of mass distruction.
: Why are the prosteters protesting the US?
: Why are the protesters not after Sadam?
: He, after all, is guilty of genocide.
: His regime tortures its own people.
: If we want peace, we need to take people like Sadam out of power.
: G. Arthur Woods
Win Without War!
These goals can be achieved through the following means:
* Border monitoring in Jordan, Syria and Turkey should be significantly strengthened through the deployment of an adequately funded, well-equipped, and professionally trained force of international inspectors.
* Advanced X-ray-scanning technology and an electronic pass system would enable border monitors to inspect containers and trucks quickly and non-intrusively. The model for such a system is the “smart border” program now being established the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, which enables inspections of 1 container per minute.
* Sanctions assistance missions (SAMs), modeled on operations developed for UN sanctions in Yugoslavia in 1993-95, would enable the UN Security Council to establish an externally based mechanism for enhancing the effectiveness of military sanctions. While no monitoring program can eliminate smuggling completely, the proposed system would make illegal arms shipments more difficult and costly.
* Political assurances and economic incentives to neighboring states should be offered in order to gain cooperation for border controls and assistance missions. By building upon political openings in the region, the U.S. could forge a concerted diplomatic effort and build a cooperative border-monitoring system that would prevent Iraq from developing weapons of mass destruction and help prevent terrorism.
* Improving cargo monitoring at the port of Aqaba, Jordan, where much of the seagoing cargo to Iraq is shipped, would decrease the smuggling of weapons-related goods. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) recently unveiled a new pilot program to improve cargo security in the Port of New York and New Jersey. This system, which features large-scale x-ray equipment and chemical sensors, could be applied to Aqaba and other locations.
* Creating a green list of approved oil companies to purchase Iraqi oil would help to cut out disreputable firms that provide kickbacks to Saddam Hussein.
* Requiring audited financial reports from oil purchasers would verify that green list companies are not paying kickbacks or fees to Baghdad.
* Controlling or shutting down the Syria-Iraq pipeline would help stop the illegal shipment of oil outside the system of UN financial controls. This is a gaping hole in the sanctions net and a major source of unrestricted revenue for the Baghdad government.
* Exposing and penalizing arms embargo violations would help prevent illegal shipments to Iraq. Increased cooperation between the U.S. and Russia could be help in this effort. The UN Security Council should create a special investigative panel that documents cases of smuggling and recommend actions that could be taken to halt such violations.
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