Reference to UN resolutions is spurious. The 'no-fly zones' have been imposed without UN authorisation and against the UN Charter. They are a White House creation, without even the support of the Gulf war coalition. The Arab world, whose memory of colonialism is still fresh, sees them as interference aimed at undermining a sovereign state, the first step towards the dissolution of Iraq and the introduction of 'divide and rule'.
The Iraqi people are left to wonder why they must die in order to humble Saddam. Wednesday's bombing almost certainly strengthened the Ba'athist regime. The real lesson is that freedom, unlike colonialism, cannot be exported or imposed. The principles of non- interference and self-determination are as valid as ever. The lesson is ours to learn.
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