Friday, November 28, 2003

Iraq: Skeptics Scoff as US Again Turns to UN for Legitimacy: "After coercing the United Nations to give its blessings to the military occupation and post-war reconstruction of Iraq, the United States is planning to return to the world body -- this time to legitimize the transfer of political power to Iraqis. But U.N. diplomats, U.S. political analysts and representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are skeptical about U.S. plans for the proposed transition and attempts to accelerate the process."

"The rush for the creation of a new Iraqi transitional government, they say, has been motivated primarily by the continued violence against U.S. forces in Iraq. ''There can be Iraqi individuals running a government while Iraq is under U.S. occupation, but that's very different from a genuine Iraqi-run government,'' Norman Solomon, executive director of the Washington-based Institute for Public Accuracy, told IPS."

"Solomon, also co-author of 'Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn't Tell You', says ''Washington is determined to manipulate the election process to select Iraqi government officials next year ... because if that plan in some way goes awry, then U.S. troops will remain as long as Washington wants them, anyway.''

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