NEW YORK (8 November, 2002, ESP) In a surprise move, the United Nations Security Council today voted to impose economic sanctions on the United States for its threats of war and build up of military forces preparatory to an unprovoked attack on the sovereign state of Iraq. Basing their decision on the principles of Collective Security founded on Article I, Paragraph 1 of the United Nations Charter the Security Council adopted language similar to that which launched the war against North Korea upon that country's attack on its neighbor, South Korea.
[box or sidebar] excerpts from the United Nations Charter see below
Since the aggression on the part of the United States is the subject of the resolution, it was determined by the legal advisors of the Security Council that the United States did not have the right to veto the resolution which sanctions it for its violations of the provisions of the UN Charter.
Military action against the United States is being held in reserve, in light of the fact that the United States is the possessor of the largest stock of Weapons of Mass Destruction in the world and the most effective means of delivery. There are U.S. military bases on every continent, U.S. fleets in every ocean. The United States is the only country to have used nuclear weapons against a civilian population.
European Union nations, with the exception of the United Kingdom, froze the assets of large U.S. businesses, particularly those in the oil business. Japanese and other Asian nations followed suit. In Vietnam, the factories built by U.S. firms and employing Vietnamese nationals at low wages were nationalized. Vietnam claimed that by that expropriation they were compensated only in part for reparations long due them in light of the fact that workers were due billions of $US in back wages and benefits. China is considering its options, as are countries in Africa and Latin America.
The international community is considering what actions to take against individual U.S. citizens. Among the persons being considered for legal action for warmongering (which is a violation of international law; the author will look up the code later) are:Other persons may be charged as investigations continue.
The U.S. response has been a stunned silence. Numerous other countries have suffered U.S. assaults without action on the part of the United Nations. The only instance on record of international reproach to the United States is the case in which the World Court ruled that the United States owed Nicaragua for having mined their harbors. The U.S. refused to acknowledge jurisdiction and did not pay anything in damages.
United States citizens have not been informed of the actions by the United Nations.
The Purposes of the United Nations are:
1.To maintain international peace and security, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace, and to bring about by peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations which might lead to a breach of the peace;
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The Organization and its Members, in pursuit of the Purposes stated in Article 1, shall act in accordance with the following Principles.
1.The Organization is based on the principle of the sovereign equality of all its Members.
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3.All Members shall settle their international disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security, and justice, are not endangered.
4.All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.
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The Security Council shall determine the existence of any threat to the peace, breach of the peace, or act of aggression and shall make recommendations, or decide what measures shall be taken in accordance with Articles 41 and 42, to maintain or restore international peace and security.
The Security Council may decide what measures not involving the use of armed force are to be employed to give effect to its decisions, and it may call upon the Members of the United Nations to apply such measures. These may include complete or partial interruption of economic relations and of rail, sea, air, postal, telegraphic, radio, and other means of communication, and the severance of diplomatic relations.
Should the Security Council consider that measures provided for in Article 41 would be inadequate or have proved to be inadequate, it may take such action by air, sea, or land forces as may be necessary to maintain or restore international peace and security. Such action may include demonstrations, blockade, and other operations by air, sea, or land forces of Members of the United Nations.
article © 2002 Carolyn S. Scarr
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