"You are not going to decide whether there is war in Iraq or not. That decision is ours, and we have already made it. It is already final. The only question now is whether the council will go along with it or not."
That is the message U.S. diplomats are sending to fellow members of the UN Security Council according to a report in the Washington Post.
Yesterday the U.S., Britain and Spain asked the Security Council to declare that Iraq missed its last chance to disarm. The U.S. is also warning that the future of the United Nations is at stake if the Security Council does not back Washington’s plan.
In response France, Russian and Germany called for four more months of strengthened inspections.
A vote on the U.S. resolution is expected in the second week of March. White House officials hinted that military action could follow immediately.
Meanwhile, Iraqis continue to prepare themselves for a U.S. attack. Jeremy Scahill reports from the southern Iraqi city of Basra.
- Jeremy Scahill, Democracy Now! correspondent.