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Bush Mocks Iraqi Rejection of U.N. Resolution

Tuesday, 12 November 2002 12:00 AM

"The Iraqi parliament is nothing but a rubber stamp for Saddam Hussein," Bush said. "There is no democracy. This guy is a dictator, so we'll have to see what he says.

"It's over. We're through [negotiating]. There is no more time. The man must disarm."

U.N. Security Council Resolution 1441, passed unanimously Friday after a seven-week diplomatic effort by the United States, gave Iraq seven days to acknowledge its acceptance of the mandate – the 17th on Iraq since the end of the 1991 Gulf War.

By Dec. 7, it must detail all its weapons of mass destruction programs and stockpiles, and by Dec. 22 U.N. weapons inspectors must be in the country and carrying out inspections without interference.

The resolution declared Iraq in "material breach" of earlier agreements, and that any failure to adhere to provisions of this resolution would be considered similarly, a status that would lead to "serious consequences."

"It is now time for Saddam Hussein to comply for face serious consequences," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said earlier.

Bush and senior members of his administration have repeatedly spelled out what serious consequences would be: military force by the United States and its allies, with or without the United Nations' approval.

Iraq's 250-member parliament trashed the resolution Monday and Tuesday, with members calling it "provocative," "unfair" and an infringement of Iraqi sovereignty. It voted unanimously to recommend Saddam and his senior leadership, the Revolutionary Command Council, reject it.

Fox News Channel also has noted that the parliament is a mere echo chamber for Hussein.

Ironically, Saddam's son Uday, a member of parliament, urged members to accept it, but under the "under the umbrella of the Arab League." He also called for having Arab chemical, biological and nuclear experts and technicians "to follow up the operations of the international inspectors."

Observers in Baghdad said the move by parliament gave the Iraqi leadership maneuvering room in the face of U.S. threats of war, allowing Iraq to voice its objection and thus save face while inserting a call for acceptance.

The United States on Tuesday, as in the days before, made it clear no maneuvering to change or skirt the resolution would be entertained.

In October, the U.S. Congress authorized the president to use all means necessary to disarm Iraq, which the administration says still possesses chemical and biological weapons and is trying to obtain nuclear weapons.

The weapons, combined with Iraq's past use of them and potential to make them available to terrorist organizations, makes the Baghdad regime a grave threat to U.S. and world security, the administration says.

Troops and materiel have been moving slowly but steadily to the Persian Gulf region for months in anticipation Saddam would not voluntarily disarm.

The White House insists the president desires a peaceful resolution but would not shirk military action to protect U.S. interests.

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