US may dump UN to attack Iraq: book

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  • Date: Sat, 7 Sep 2002 21:53:58 +0100

PARIS: Charles Saint-Prot, a Sorbonne University professor and one of
France's foremost specialists on Iraq, says he's convinced that the
United States has already taken its decision to go ahead with an attack
on Saddam Hussein and that it will do so even if it has to stage it on
its own. Even if this means, he adds, that to do so it has to go against
a veto by the United Nations Security Council. 

Saint-Prot is the author of a seminal work on Iraq, 'History of Iraq -
From Sumer to Saddam Hussein', published by the prestigious state-run
thinktank, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). 

In recent public appearances to promote his books, he goes so far as to
suggest that America probably prefers to stage an attack on its own,
this in order to not compromise any of its plans or have to undergo the
pressure of some of its Western allies, who've expressed doubts as to
the feasibility of a strike on Iraq, or who, in his estimation, appear
concerned as to the true consequences for regional stability if the US
attack goes according to plan and President Saddam Hussein - as
President Bush would like - is physically eliminated. 

Saint-Prot, who has advised successive governments as to French policy
with regard to the Middle East and Arab world, also seems to be
convinced that France, as one of the five permanent members of the UN
Security Council, will undoubtedly veto any resolution that accords the
United States a green light for its attack. 

"Even given this possibility," he notes, "I am convinced that America
plans to stage its attack whether or not the Security Council gives its
accord." 

In a talk delivered this week in Abu Dhabi, at the Emirates Centre for
Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), Saint-Prot said that he's
convinced "that the US will definitely act alone without the UN. They
don't care about the international community. They will do what they
want even if a decision to strike is vetoed by a permanent member of the
council." 

As for a post-strike scenario, Saint-Prot predicts that "the situation
in a post-war Iraq will be even worse than it is today." And this, he
adds, "because the Iraqi opposition has no roots on the ground there.
They will remain as long as do the Americans, but who knows for how long
the United States will be able to stay around once they arrive." 

"It's foolish on their part," he notes, "for the Americans to think they
will be welcomed with open arms by the Iraqi people" - a people, he
notes, "which will certainly not accept the occupation by Yankee
troops." 

His solution to the problem is basically the very same position that
France has put forth in recent weeks: "Saddam Hussein just has to allow
the return of the (UN) arms inspectors," he states very firmly. 

And, he adds, "if France has refused so adamantly to support the
American attack plans on Iraq, it's largely because the French refuse
any interference in the internal affairs of Iraq, for they consider the
Iraqi people to be capable of choosing their own leaders." 

Saint-Prot also took a few pot shots at what he characterized as
America's "double standard" with regard to human rights violations,
"especially when it comes to Israeli atrocities against the
Palestinians." 

According to a US government document from which he quoted, he said the
goal pursued by the US was "to ensure control over this highly strategic
zone (i.e., Iraq in particular and Central Asia in general), to dominate
petroleum reserves, create a strategic partnership with Israel, aid in
establishing a Turkish-Israeli military alliance, and prevent emergence
of any strong and independent Arab state or group of states." 

Source:  Dawn

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