The self-satisfaction on Kofi Annan's face was certainly reminiscent of Chamberlain.
I almost expected Annan to repeat Chamberlain's words outside 10 Downing Street on the evening of September 30, 1938: "go home and get a nice quiet sleep."
But as Winston Churchill warned in the House of Commons on the October 5, 1938, "..the people should know that we have sustained a defeat without a war, the consequences of which will travel far with us along our road," and that the Western democracies had been "weighed in the balance and found wanting."
Less than one year later, the nations of the world were plunged into World War II.
President George W. Bush, by being persuaded, or. more troubling, having himself decided, to go to the United Nations, has made a mistake of such magnitude that I fear it will redefine international relations, dilute support for the War on Terror, and endanger world peace.
For all the respect I have for the President, and the hope he brought after the hedonistic days of Bill Clinton, he simply walked into a trap. And, as Churchill would have said, "the people should know that we have sustained a defeat without a war."
But worse, as in 1938, war will also come, but it will be more terrible, more catastrophic, and more widespread.
The trap set for the President was the promise that he would gain support for war on Iraq if he secured the UN Security Council's blessing. But what was Iraq promised? Concede and we will resist "war resolutions" in the Security Council and the UN as a whole?
If now there is prevarication by the UN, which no doubt there will be, the President will have two choices: (1) wait and hope that Iraq does not gain the weapons which Saddam Hussein will use to cause catastrophe for the world, or (2) attack Iraq in the face of international opposition, an attack which would be classed as an aggressive war, a war crime.
The President will be in a no-win position.
By succumbing to the "counsel" of the U.S. State Department and America's "ally" Tony Blair, the President will find himself standing on the beach as he watches the tide of "international approval" ebb away. The only one who will "go home and get a nice quiet sleep" tonight, will be Saddam Hussein.
Before making the decision to go to the United Nations, the President would have done well to take "counsel" from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Act IV, Scene III:
"You must note besides, That we have tried the utmost of our friends, Our legions are brim-full, our cause is ripe: The enemy increaseth every day; We, at the height, are ready to decline. There is a tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat; And we must take the current when it serves, Or lose our ventures."
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