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We interrupt the regular programming to bring you a live update with the Showdown in Iraq. Bulletin... Bulletin... Hot off the wire. Our television station WLIE has just received word that the United States has just declared an all out war against Saddam Hussein and the Iraqi nation. Nuclear weapons are being deployed as we speak. All federal buildings are on alert security status. Citizens are being asked to cease their normal activities and remain in their homes until this crisis is over. As we receive more information, we will be the first to bring it to you. This is action reporter Jerry Springer reporting live outside the White House. Back to you Ricki Lake.
Thank you Jerry. This is Ricki Lake and I've just received news that the President of the United States will be holding a press conference in a matter of minutes to explain to the American people why we have declared war on Iraq and what the future implications will be. Please stand by, this is Ricki Lake, and as always thank you for choosing WLIE. Now to the press conference room at the White House. The President is walking up to the podium.
"Good afternoon America. Today is one of our gravest in this nation's history. After consulting with my top advisors in my cabinet and the National Security Council, I have decided that there is no other way of alleviating the problem concerning Saddam Hussein. We must act. Now, I understand that since the end of World War II our country has practiced a method of deterrence. We were able to end the Cold War with this strategy. During the Cold War, we knew who our enemy was and what type of weapons they had. The enemy was the Soviet Union and communism. They had nuclear weapons but so did we. We each were ready to attack the other but fortunately it never came down to that. We were very fortunate to have political leaders who considered the consequences of their actions, therefore nuclear war never occurred. With the fall of the old Soviet Union and of communism itself in the early 1990's, we emerged into a Post Cold-War era. Since the 1950's our country has taken a very strong stance in trying to regulate international nuclear weapons and materials. (Lecture notes, 10-27-98) Three of the major international agreements are the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) which monitors "peaceful" exercise of nuclear materials. Another is the Zangger Trigger List which is an itemization of nuclear materials that could be transported form one country to another safely and without being viewed as a threat. Thirdly, the London Nuclear Suppliers Guideline which itemizes nuclear material according to their intent. (Lecture Notes, 10-27-98) In 1968, the United Nations approved a Nuclear Nonproliferation treaty. This treaty prohibits nuclear capable countries from giving nuclear weapons to nations that do not already have them. It also states that countries are banned from stockpiling biological weapons. (World Book Encyclopedia U-V, pg 87) We have adhered to this agreement. Iraq also signed this agreement but has failed to comply with the aforementioned contract. Not only has Saddam Hussein disregarded this treaty but also the sanctions the U.N. Security Council placed on Iraq due to its surrender of the Gulf War in 1991. The sanctions are economically related as well as the nuclear and biological weapon inspections. Hussein has repeatedly not allowed these inspections to occur by the United Nations. In fact, "On October 31, Iraq halted all work by the United Nations Special Commission, or UNSCOM, which is responsible for dismantling Iraq's chemical and biological weapons and long-range missiles. The U.N Security Council declared this a flagrant violation of resolutions passed after the Persian Gulf War." (The Orlando Sentinel A-4 November 12, 1998) If we do not do something we will not be able to do anything. The United Nations, as well as our great country, the United States of America's integrity is being called into question. "As a global power with global interests , the United States must not retreat from its leadership role. It is our responsibility to ensure that the post Cold-War momentum toward greater freedom and prosperity is not reversed by neglect or by short-sighted indifference." (Hastedt pg7 Christopher)
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