Once George W. Bush became President, the neo-crazies
– in and out of government – attempted to implement their long gestating plan
to remake the Middle East to their peculiar liking, effecting "regime change"
in Iraq, Iran and elsewhere, by force if necessary.
Of course, the Best Congress Money Can Buy was perfectly willing to
be complicit in the neo-crazies regime change plan, but there was a
Not many of you were willing to risk thousands of American lives and
zillions of Yankee dollars on a peculiar remake of the Middle East.
But then, on their second attempt – the
first occurring back in 1993 – terrorists associated with radical Middle
Eastern organizations such as al-Qaeda succeeded in bringing down the Twin Towers,
on live TV, killing thousands of Americans in the process.
Almost immediately Congress gave Bush a blank
check, authorizing the President to "use all necessary and appropriate
force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned,
authorized, committed, or aided the terrorists attacks that occurred on September
11, 2001" in order "to prevent any future acts of international terrorism."
Now, all Bush had to do before launching a pre-emptive attack on Iraq or Iran
was to tell the BCMCB that he had determined that the Iraqis/Iranians/Hottentots
had nukes and intended to give them to terrorists for use against us.
But in the fall of 2002, as Bush was attempting to "fix" the "intelligence"
to support the "determination" he had already made, the UN Security
Council was being authoritatively told that intrusive go-anywhere, see-anything
inspections in Iraq by its International Atomic Energy Agency had failed to
find any evidence of an Iraqi nuclear program, peaceful or otherwise.
Hence, the Security Council – unlike the BCMCB – refused to give Bush a blank
check. Refused to authorize the use of force by Bush and his "coalition
of the willing."
Bush had announced his National Strategy to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction
– based upon his BCMCB blank check – in late 2002. Now Bonkers Bolton – then
Under-Secretary of State for Arms Control – developed from it the Proliferation
According to Bolton, "proliferators and those facilitating the
procurement of deadly capabilities are circumventing existing laws,
treaties, and controls against WMD proliferation."
What to do? Well, form a few extra-legal War-on-Terror-oriented posse.
Bolton claimed the PSI was "legalized" by Security
Council Resolution 1540 which says, inter alia,
"Gravely concerned by the threat of terrorism and the risk that
non-State actors* may acquire, develop, traffic in or use nuclear, chemical
and biological weapons and their means of delivery,
"Gravely concerned by the threat of illicit trafficking in nuclear,
chemical, or biological weapons and their means of delivery, and related
"Acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations,
"1. Decides that all States shall refrain from providing
any form of support to non-State actors that attempt to develop, acquire,
manufacture, possess, transport, transfer or use nuclear, chemical or biological
weapons and their means of delivery;
"2. Decides also that all States, in accordance with their
national procedures, shall adopt and enforce appropriate effective laws
which prohibit any non-State actor to manufacture, acquire, possess, develop,
transport, transfer or use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons and their
means of delivery, in particular for terrorist purposes, as well as attempts
to engage in any of the foregoing activities, participate in them as an
accomplice, assist or finance them;"
UNSCR 1540 established a "Committee of the Security Council," to
which all States were to report "on steps they have taken or intend to
One of Bolton’s accomplishments once he became our (unconfirmed) UN Ambassador
1673, which essentially extended the term of the UNSCR 1540 Committee and
expanded its authority.
Bolton also obtained UNSCR
"Acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations,
and taking measures under its Article 41,
"1. Condemns the nuclear test proclaimed by the DPRK on
9 October 2006 in flagrant disregard of its relevant resolutions, in particular
resolution 1695 (2006), as well as of the statement of its President of
6 October 2006 (S/PRST/2006/41), including that such a test would bring
universal condemnation of the international community and would represent
a clear threat to international peace and security;
"2. Demands that the DPRK not conduct any further nuclear
test or launch of a ballistic missile;
"3. Demands that the DPRK immediately retract its announcement
of withdrawal from the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons;
"4. Demands further that the DPRK return to the Treaty on
the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and International Atomic Energy
Agency (IAEA) safeguards, and underlines the need for all States Parties
to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons to continue to
comply with their Treaty obligations;"
Now, of course, the Security Council was not acting under Chapter VII.
In particular, the UN Charter doesn’t authorize any entity to require North
Korea – a sovereign state – to "return" to the NPT. So UNSCR 1718
is fatally flawed.
UNSCR 1718 "calls upon" all UN Member States to take all sorts of
actions against North Korea, and establishes a "Committee of the Security
Counci" to monitor their performance. The UNSCR 1718 Committee has even
more authority than the UNSCR 1673 Committee. It can "examine and take
appropriate action on information regarding alleged violations of measures imposed"
by UNSCR 1718.
Then there’s UNSCR
1737, which calls upon UN Member States to take all sorts of actions against
Iran for failing to comply with the requests made of Iran by the Board of Governors
of the International Atomic Energy Agency, in blatant disregard of their own
Statute and of the
Treaty on Non-Proliferation
of Nuclear Weapons. So UNSCR 1737 is fatally flawed, too.
UNSCR 1737 also establishes a Committee of the Security Council "to examine
and take appropriate action on information regarding alleged violations of measures
imposed" by UNSCR 1737.
So, perhaps it’s worth returning to UNSCR 1540 – the resolution Bonkers Bolton
claims "legalizes" the extra-legal PSI posse and its Committee clones
– wherein the Security Council
"Decides that none of the obligations set forth in this
resolution shall be interpreted so as to conflict with or alter the rights
and obligations of State Parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty,
the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention
or alter the responsibilities of the International Atomic Energy Agency
or the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons;"