The following plan, developed by France and Germany bears your deepest consideration.
If France uses it’s right of veto to block any resolution that would allow the start of a war against Iraq, this would give time for their plan to be submitted. There is much disagreement in these United States of America. The Generals of the Joint Chief’s of Staff (commanders of all armed forces) are against this war. I believe Mr. Bush can be stopped!
There are many US Citizens against the intended war and I believe Congress can hold Bush back from entering war.
When I read the German French plan, I realized that with their initiative, Saddam Hussain could be brought before the UN World Court and held accountable for any charges which have been brought against him. This precident could strengthen the rule of law and justice for this World.
All countries could be held accountable for Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) INCLUDEING THE UNITED STATES!
I realize the US has not “agreed” to be a member of the “court”. But, do any criminals “agree” to go to court? As world people, we have an obligation to uphold the virtue’s and principle’s of hunmanity.
Mr. Bush’s ideas of using Nuklear Bombs and putting nuclear weapons in space is of unimanigable consequence! War on some 36 countries could be total devestation for this entire earth.
Please pass this around to your friends, and email me with any officials to contact. An “in” to the UN and a way to support France and Germany’s plan would be a good start. If France and Germany see they have world support they will continue in their efforts.
Thankyou for any ideas you may have,
Bruce Wisconsin USA
Saturday 08 February 2003
MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) - Germany and France are working on a new plan to try to avert war in Iraq that would compel Baghdad to admit thousands of U.N. troops to enforce disarmament and tighter sanctions, a magazine said on Saturday.
A German government spokesman confirmed Berlin and Paris were working together to find a peaceful alternative to war with Iraq, but would not provide any details of the efforts.
Germany’s leading news magazine Der Spiegel said the idea had originated in the office of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and Berlin and Paris had been working on the details of the initiative in secret talks since the beginning of the year.
Asked about the joint proposals at a major security summit in the southern German city of Munich, German Defense Minister Peter Struck declined to comment, noting only that Schroederplanned to address the German parliament on Iraq on Thursday.
A French Foreign Ministry spokesman declined to comment on the report in Der Spiegel, but French diplomatic sources said: “We are discussing with Security Council members what additional measures could be introduced to bolster U.N. inspections.”
French Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie told the Munich conference Paris believed inspections had proved more effective than the Gulf War of 1991 in disarming Iraq, but did not rule out military action as a last resort to make Baghdad cooperate.
“That’s why France has proposed reinforcing the means given to inspectors, to reinforce the number of inspectors,” she said.
In an advance copy ahead of publication on Sunday, Der Spiegel said Berlin and Paris wanted to publish their proposal in the next few days before weapons inspectors in Iraq report back to the U.N. Security Council on Friday.
Schroeder, who has angered Washington with his opposition to any war with Iraq, would discuss the idea at the weekend with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Der Spiegel said. France would probably take over driving the initiative forward and use it as a basis for a new Security Council resolution proposal.
Initial reactions from Russia, China and European Union president Greece were positive, the magazine said, while Pope John Paul offered German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer support for the initiative at talks in the Vatican on Friday.
Germany and France had not consulted Washington or its European allies in London, Madrid and Rome, the magazine said.
In what the magazine said was a foretaste of the plan, French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin proposed intensifying weapons inspections and offered French reconnaissance planes to support them this week after Secretary of State Colin Powell presented new evidence of Baghdad’s alleged weapons programs.
Der Spiegel said the initiative, which it said had been dubbed “Project Mirage,” included the following proposals:
· the some 150,000 U.S. troops already deployed to the Gulf should stay in place to force Baghdad to cooperate and be ready to invade if it breaches the new proposed U.N. resolution
· Iraqi President Saddam Hussein would be forced to admit thousands of armed U.N. troops to oversee intensified weapons inspections in the whole country as well as full disarmament,creating a de facto “U.N. protectorate”
· the number of weapons inspectors should be tripled from the current 100 operating in Iraq
· the no-fly zone over northern and southern Iraq should be extended to cover the whole country and French, German and U.S. reconnaissance planes should be allowed to patrol the skies
· a permanent U.N. coordinator of arms inspections in Iraq could be appointed
· sanctions should be made more focused to clamp down on oil smuggling by Iraq’s neighbors and tighten export controls
· a special U.N. court should be established to oversee infringements of the new resolution and human rights abuses
The magazine said the initiative could help Schroeder out of the corner he seemed to have backed himself into over Iraq, risking international isolation if he sticks to his anti-war stance but political suicide at home if he changes course.
He could sell the proposal as a last-ditch bid to avert war, allowing him to swing behind any military action if Baghdad failed to go along with the plan, it said.
Germany and France pledged last month to cooperate closely over Iraq in the U.N. Security Council, which is due to hear a new report from arms inspectors on February 14. France is one of the Council’s five veto-holding permanent members.
President Bush has said the United Nations must soon decide whether to back his demand that Iraq abandon its alleged chemical, biological and nuclear programs or be disarmed by force. Iraq denies having any such weapons.
(With additional reporting by Paul Carrel in Paris)
Here is a first step to reinforce the German French Plan;
France has been against the US aggression because there is no proof that Iraq is an immenent danger. I believe this petition supporting France to use it’s Veto could stop Bush plans for immediate war.
Bush could well keep waveing his big stick in the air, but would not have the power to use it. I believe that inspections, and the rule of law can prevail and bring an end to the present danger concerning Iraq.
I am not so sure about harnessing the danger of the USA, but it will give us time to get control of this United States of America government also.
If you agree, hit the link below and sign the petition.
Than please send this around to your friends.
To the President of the French Republic,
According to the rules of the United Nations, each permanent member, i.e. China, the United States, France, Great Britain and Russia, has the sovereign power to block any Security Council resolution.
Enormous pressure is being exerted on leaders, on States and on public opinion, to start a war against Iraq with unfathomable consequences.
Public opinion in your country, as in many other countries, is opposed to this war.
Because France has means of action that other countries in Europe and in the rest of the world do not have and that it is thus in charge of a responsibility of historical import,
we ask of you:
In virtue of the power given you by the constitution of your country and of the power bequeathed you by the rules of the United Nations;
To demand that any war declaration made against Iraq be put to the vote at the Security Council;
To use France’s right of veto to block any resolution that would allow the start of a war against Iraq.
LLAMAMIENTO INTERNACIONAL PARA UN VETO DE FRA http://www.veto.ht.st/
To sign the petition go here: http://www.veto.ht.st/