Next Step: Strip Saddam’s Diplomats of Their ‘Legitimacy’
while the 3rd Infantry Division and I Marine Expeditionary Force begin to
consolidate their hold on
With our troops literally rolling through the streets of downtown Baghdad, these Ba’athist mouthpieces (read this as spokesmen for Saddam Hussein) still insist that we are dealing with a “Tale that Wagged the Dog” situation, referring to the Clinton-era movie that details a fanciful situation wherein the U.S. government “creates” a “war by reporting,” using actors and studio props to convince the world that we are in a real war, while distracting attention from presidential dalliances.
have stated in no uncertain terms that the “government” of
Why, then, are we allowing these criminal thugs access to the media and more specifically, access under diplomatic immunity to the United Nations and other diplomatic venues?
One argument for continuing this farce is that if we do not recognize the “legitimacy” of current Iraqi “diplomats,” we place our own diplomats in danger worldwide by undermining the nearly universally accepted principle of diplomatic immunity.
the other hand, we have declared the Ba’athist government in
we have made tremendous progress in our surge into
What we can do is jam the transmissions and take all possible measures to prevent any such communication. And we can detain or kill all representatives of this criminal government wherever we find them.
we take this second step, however, we need to establish a legitimate interim
Iraqi government, perhaps in exile for the first few weeks, but relocate it to a
secure place within
reports earlier today that the
Following our recognition of the new Iraqi government, a presidential decree would remove American recognition of diplomatic status from all the Iraqi “diplomats” from the Ba’athist regime wherever they are located. Those on American soil, even if they are ostensibly within the United Nations, we can simply arrest and place in detention for the remainder of the conflict. They can be brought to trial as war criminals when the time comes.
We can insist that our allies recognize the new government and pull the diplomatic status of and extradite those Ba’athist Iraqi “diplomats” in their respective countries. Where this doesn’t happen, we should consider sending in covert teams to take them out as rapidly as possible.
Is this a draconian solution?
more so than our war to replace the illegitimate government of
Will the world object? The French will, and the Germans, and the Russians ... perhaps the Chinese, and the Arab states, of course. But if we give them an immediate face-saving alternative – the new Iraqi government in exile. Most objections will dissolve in the face of a reality they can’t control anyway.
our diplomats be in greater danger? Do you mean like the late Lawrence Foley in
Jordan, who was assassinated by an al Qaeda thug linked to
I believe American diplomats already face the greatest possible danger. Eliminating criminals posing as diplomats will not significantly increase the danger our diplomats already face. A concerted imposition of American force wherever and whenever this danger is realized will go a lot farther to lessen the danger than kowtowing to European and Arab appeasement of a criminal Iraqi regime.
What we don’t want is to look back ten years from now and complain that once again we didn’t wipe the slate clean.