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If the new rationale for NATO is the War on Terror, and if its Rapid Response Force is directed to territories outside the region of its member states, then NATO's transformation has serious implications for Asia.
What began as an apparent humanitarian effort has turned into another excuse for continuing a low-level war against Iraq and perhaps now even as an excuse for a full-scale invasion of that country.
The UN Security Council has been unwilling to authorize the U.S. attack on Iraq--which makes it illegal under international law.
Entitled the Millennium Challenge Account, the administration says it will be doled out to countries like Senegal, Ghana, Bolivia, and Honduras if they institute "the rule of law," as well as "sound fiscal policies."
With the country still mired in recession and polls consistently showing that the Republicans' positions on such basic policy issues as the environment and the economy are decidedly unpopular, this should have been the Democrats' year.
The U.S. is set to win Security Council support for a resolution on Iraq and is already calling it victory.
A child could see that the Bush doctrine is divorced from reality.
The latest UN security council resolution does give us some small hope for a more multilateral future.
The United Nations Security Council's unanimous passage of an historic resolution gives UN weapons inspectors "unimpeded, unconditional, and unrestricted access" to anyone and anywhere in Iraq that their search for weapons of mass destruction (WMD) might
But could a visionary climate plan, anchored in an alliance between the EU and the South, shift the field? We believe that it could.