The complete disregard of the rules of international law by the US backed by the UK in respect of Iraq (while accusing Iraq of such disregard) persist unabated. Both countries continue to bomb Iraq on an almost daily basis. They insist that they are enforcing the "no-fly zone" and that the bombing is in self-defence. In fact there is no single UN Resolution which refers to, imposes or permits the establish- ment of the so-called "no-fly zone". This is the illegal division of Iraq into the three wilayahs into which the Ottoman Empire divided Iraq. These were Mosul ii4layab (north of the 36th parallel), Basra wiz (south of the 32nd Parallel) and Bagh- dad wilayah. This illegal attempt to dismember Iraq is also preventing its govern- ment from exercising sovereignty over its own territory as guaranteed in the UN Charter. Meanwhile, the US and the UK are giving themselves the right to fly into the Iraqi airspace without any right other than brute force and fire power. Their disregard for international law is further compounded by the absurd claim that when the almost defunct Iraqi air defence even switch on its radar, the US and UK are entitled
Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law Online – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1998
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