U.N. should lead charge on destroying weapons

What others say

Posted: Monday, June 30, 2003

The European Union is ready to write a joint resolution with the United States about the need to fight weapons of mass destruction and proliferation of nuclear weapons.

Like the United States, the EU says using force against states that hold back on stopping WMDs should be possible.

Contrary to the United States, the EU wants any such decision should be made by the United Nations and supported by international law. It's a noble effort and for the sake of world peace indeed, maybe for the sake of democracy the EU must not disregard those principles.

The Europeans should remind U.S. President George W. Bush of Robert Jervis' comments in the magazine Foreign Policy: ''To believe oneself to have a monopoly of wisdom changes, in the eyes of the people, a hegemonist power to a tyrant.''

Aftonbladet, Stockholm, Sweden - June 25

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