Bush's war against
Iraq has set United States against the United Nations, international law and
world opinion with grave unfathomed consequences for the global community
for the next few decades
by Lim Kit Siang
United States President Bush's war against Iraq has set the United States
against the United Nations, international law and world opinion with grave
unfathomed consequences for the global community for the next few decades.
The world map is being rewritten unilaterally by the world's only
hyper-power where might is right, putting the clock of international
relations and diplomacy back by more than half a century.
No one will shed a tear for any end for Saddam Hussein, undoubtedly the
world's most cruel dictator in the 21st century, but humanity may have to
pay a very heavy price if the American-led unilateral war against Iraq
unleashed a new world scenario where the only countervailing power to the
lawlessness of the hyper power is the lawlessness of the despair and the
marginalized seeking salvation through new forms of international terrorism.
With the start of the second Gulf War by the second Bush presidency, one
immediate question being posed is whether it also sounded the death knell
for the United Nations or whether the world institution can survive the
first war of the 21st century.
In view of the momentous consequences of the March 20 war today, the
Malaysian Parliament should adjourn its current business to proceed to an
emergency motion to convey the unanimous all-party condemnation of the
US-led unilateral war against Iraq without United Nations Security Council
sanction and for the government to lay out its contingency plan in the
post-Iraq war, in particular the economic stimulus package which had been
completed sometime ago but held back awaiting the Iraqi war.
Lim Kit Siang, DAP National