Please don't bomb Iraq

Rakesh Bhandari bhandari at phoenix.Princeton.EDU
Thu Dec 17 08:42:00 PST 1998

If after this bombardment for no evident reason at all, Israel doesn't live up to the Wye Accords, the US will be facing the mother of all clash of civilizations. It does not seem to me possible that the US would have commenced this attack unless it was confident that with this rather perverse assurance of regional security at the expense of a devastated and totally defeated nation Israel would or could be forced to commence withdrawals--though the WSJ reports that this bombing may interfere with the honoring of the Wye Accord. The legitimacy Saddam will derive and the spark anti western sentiment will receive if Israel does not withdraw after this unjustifiable attack probably cannot be underestimated. This of course is not to say that the Wye Accord is anything but cosmetic--again see the Nicholas Guyatt book. But I think the more important question than the effect of this bombing on the American impeachment process is the consequence on the so called peace process and the meaning of its success or failure, in light of this bombardment, for the 'mood' of Arabs throughout the region and the stability of pro Western Arab govts, already rocked by IMF conditionalities, plummeting commodity prices, ever more adverse terms of trade, widespread hunger and poverty.

Yours, Rakesh

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