Without U.N. support, stay out of Iraq

Despite the argument of approaching Iraq multilaterally, so as to respect the political integrity of the international community, there is a much more important factor at hand that I think should make the U.S. lend a closer ear to the advice of the rest of the U.N. Security Council. The fact that a U.S. invasion of Iraq, according to the international legal justifications it is using for doing so, would be illegal. (Not that this should be a huge shock to anyone if you look at some of the ethics behind U.S. foreign policy.) The U.N. resolution 678, which the United States is using to defend its intention to invade Iraq, is outdated and has nothing to do with ousting Saddam from Iraq, or a regime change. Its function was intended to get Iraq out of Kuwait during the Gulf War. The United States is now trying to recycle this resolution from the ’90s to fit its own political interests and it’s not working very smoothly. Therefore, breaking international law with the whole world watching, while the rest of the U.N. Security Council is shaking its head is, well, to put it bluntly, a really bad idea. Until we receive an explicit sign from the United Nations supporting our agenda, the United States should stay out of Iraq.