|The United States Shows Its Hypocrisy
The US-led attack on Iraq, which began in the early hours of 20 March 2003, provides yet another example of the double-standard that governs US foreign policy vis-à-vis the Palestinian/Arab-Israeli conflict.
The United States has emphasized the importance of upholding Security Council resolutions and international law in the months since the adoption of Security Council Resolution 1441. They have stressed, moreover, that Iraq has failed to comply with UN Security Council Resolutions for more than one decade.
The US has criticized the French, in particular, for threatening to veto any subsequent Security Council resolution authorizing the use of military force.
Since the beginning of the Palestinian/Arab- Israeli conflict, the UN Security Council has adopted more than 200 resolutions related to the conflict. If one disregards those resolutions related to the extension of UN peacekeeping mandates in the Middle East (over half of Security Council resolutions), one finds a long trail of unimplemented UN Security Council resolutions covering a wide range of issues.
* to allow displaced Palestinians in the northern demilitarized zones to return to their homes; rescind all measures to change the status of Jerusalem ;
* to withdraw from the territories occupied in
Security Council resolutions illustrate the threat posed by Israel to its neighbors, as well as regional and international peace and stability. For more than fifty years the Security Council has condemned Israeli attacks on its Arab neighbors, including Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon. This also includes UN condemnation of Israel ‘s preemptive military attack on Iraqi nuclear installations in June 1981. Security Council Resolution 487 condemned the attack as a violation of the UN Charter and norms of international law. The US voted in favor of this resolution.
Of further interest, particularly in light of the US criticism of the French threat to use its veto to scuttle a new UN resolution authorizing the use of force against Iraq is the US record in using its veto to scuttle Security Council resolutions calling upon Israel to comply with its legal obligations and responsibilities under international law. Since 1949, the United States has used its veto power more than 50 times to block Security Council resolutions related to:
* International protection of Palestinian civilians in the 1967 occupied Palestinian
Israeli measures to change the character of Jerusalem, among other issues.
I am reminded by George Bush’s statement at the UN General Assembly on September 12, 2002, George W Bush said: ‘Are Security Council Resolutions to be honored and enforced, or cast aside without consequence? Will the United Nations serve the purpose of its founding, or will it be irrelevant? …We want the resolutions of the world’s most important multilateral body to be enforced’.
Stability, security, and a comprehensive, just, and durable peace in the Middle East will continue to be elusive as long as key international actors apply double
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