March 9, 2003
troops ready to roll and the UN
starting to withdraw civilian staff from the
Iraq-Kuwait border, the war on Saddam is only days away.
delivered a speech to convince Iraqis that Saddam will
be removed - this guarantees that the Iraqi
army and people will no longer fear Saddam when military
action starts and therefore they will not fight for him.
regime, in an effort to maintain their delay tactics,
to hand over anthrax report but only after
report to the Security Council,
which gave a picture of mixed cooperation.
revised the draft resolution
giving Saddam a deadline
of March 17. France,
threaten to block the resolution which could mean either:
of these countries, most probably France, will veto
the resolution. If there are 9 votes supporting the
resolution, the UK and US will cite this as an unreasonable
veto going against the will of the Security
countries will work to try and make sure that the
US and UK do not get the 9 votes required to pass
the resolution, thus avoiding the need to use their
is almost impossible that Russia or China will use their
veto, which leaves only France. The fact that France
is frantically going around the African countries on
the Security Council trying to convince them to vote
against the resolution, suggests that they are not really
prepared to use their veto and are actually going down
the second route.
re-emphasised that the upcoming war
is about regime change and vowed
to establish democracy in Iraq. At the same
US is preparing for the biggest relief aid programme in
its history, aiming to coordinate and distribute
water, rations and medicines; and to rebuild Iraqs
infrastructure after many years of neglect by Saddam.
Tony Blair shed light on the fate of Iraqi oil, saying
oil funds will be secured in a UN bank account.
There are also suggestions that the UN will have a key
role in a post-Saddam Iraq, forming a civilian government
during the transition period aimed at minimising
US military rule.