Aljazeera.Net - Blix condemns 'militaristic' US
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Some of the current setbacks in treaty-based arms control and disarmament can be traced to a pattern in US policy that is sometimes called ‘selective multilateralism’ – an increased US scepticism regarding the effectiveness of international institutions and instruments, coupled with a drive for freedom of action to maintain an absolute global superiority in weaponry and means of their delivery.
The US is clearly less interested in global approaches and treaty making than it was in the Cold War era. In the case of Iraq, the US chose in 2003 to rely on its own national intelligence and to disregard the results of international verification, even though the latter turned out to be more accurate.
More importantly, the US has been looking to what is called ‘counter-proliferation’ – a policy envisaging the unilateral use of force – as a chief means to deal with perceived nuclear or other WMD threats. As seen in the war to eliminate WMD in Iraq, and in official statements regarding North Korea and Iran, the US has claimed a right to take armed action if necessary to remove what it perceives as growing threats, even without the authorization of the UN Security Council.
The overwhelming majority of states reject the claims by the US or any other state to such a wide licence on the use of force. While they recognize the right for states under Article 51 of the UN Charter to take armed action in self-defence against an imminent threat, they share the view expressed in 2004 by the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change that, in cases where the threat is not imminent, there is an obligation – and time – to turn to the Security Council to ask for authorization for the use of armed force. On this matter, the Commission notes the fundamental difference between what may be termed the ‘unilateralist’ approach of the current US Administration and the ‘multilateralist’ approach of most of the rest of the world. The vast majority of states still give their primary support to cooperative