01 November, 2020

The 'Lone' Superpower

America's going all out to get requisite support in the UN but will have its way even if it doesn't More Coverage

The 'Lone' Superpower
On the eve of yet another crucial meeting on Iraq last Friday (March 7), a blanket of unusually heavy snow on the United Nations Plaza did not deter some diplomats from coming outside to nervously pull at their cigarettes. Such was indeed the anxiety over the deep fissures that threatened to wreck the UN Security Council (UNSC) as a mechanism to ensure world peace. Still seething from the fact that Europe's largest powers, France and Germany, along with permanent members Russia and China, had hardened their anti-war stance, American and British diplomats worked overtime to avoid an embarrassing confrontation at the UNSC. Their confidence had been tempered by the growing realisation that the current draft resolution—which effectively sanctions war—does not have the necessary nine votes and is threatened by a veto or two.

Britain consequently offered an amended draft resolution that could be more acceptable to the UNSC members. Advocating a middle ground, it suggested setting a short deadline (of days or even hours) for Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to fully comply with...


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