This text represents my personal opinion on Iraq, 2 months ago, on December the 14th 2004, and as such my current opinion might differ on certain points.
The news that 380 tons of conventional explosives are missing, because the military base where they were previously stored had been looted, even while the International Atomic Energy Agency had warned for that possibility, poses some serious questions about the current situation in Iraq. It's not the first time that something has been looted while this could have been prevented. Other examples are musea, certain factories, military bases etc.
Because these bases, factories and other places were not secure or secure enough, the future of Iraq as a result has become less secure. With 380 ton of explosives lots of bombs can be build, as it was dual purpose explosive it could also be used for other purposes.
The fact that this was a invasion that was lead by a coalition of countries, which did not have approval of the UN, has damaged the image of several of those countries. For me it makes that an illegal war.
As far as I know the UN resolution mentionned that if what was asked was not done, there would then be certain consequences. But it never has been said openly or in advance what those consequences would be. That is, as far as I know. I do have to admit that I have not studied the resolution in detail, but I certainly want to do that in the future.
To prevent this kind of situations in the future, it would best to write down and record beforehand what the punishment is for non compliance, and its consequences. In this case that would mean:
- a plan on how to force Iraq, possibly military, to conform to the resolution.
- which places do have to be secured e.g. musea, energy stations, military bases, e.g. if not all bases can be secured, then perhaps it would be best to consider the option of centralised storeage places
- medical care, schools, education and work as well as keeping order
- water and electricity supplies, preventive dealing with possible sabotages and its consequences
- to look how much people would be needed for that, best would be to look at the maximum rahter than the minimum.
- to look at possible counteractions of guerilla, terorists
- public relations towards the inhabitants of Iraq
- prison practices, prison interior design, what to do with old and new political prisoners