David Krieger's SUNFLOWER is highly critical of U.S. military policy.
The January, 1999 issue contains the following item, which rightly or wrongly
expresses the opinion of a good portion
of world opinion:
" Attack Against Iraq
Violates International Law.
No matter how one views Saddam Hussein
and his lack of compliance with UN Resolutions, his country is not subject
to military attack without specific authorization by the UN Security Council.
Absent a situation of self-defense (Art. 51 UN Charter) authority for the
use of force to preserve the peace can only come from the UN Security Council.
Neither the U.S. nor Britain sought this grant of authority from the Security
Council, and they would not have attained it if they had asked. Russian
President Yeltsin commented, "This can essentially be regarded as a step
that undermines the entire system of international security, of which the
UN and its Security Council are the linchpins." The Russian Duma voted
394 to one that "[t]hese activities [the attack by the US and UK against
Iraq] constitute international terrorism." No leader, no matter how powerful,
no country, no matter how strongly armed,
is above international law. Until we learn this lesson, force will
remain the predominant currency of international relations and bullyism
will continue to prevail."
Ronald Hilton - 01/08/99