No 19


The Political Scene (12 May 2003)

Against the background of a continuing political and administrative vacuum in Iraq, the Americans have appointed a new administrator/coordinator to supersede retired general Jay Garner as the senior civilian in the country. They are also trying, under the cover of lifting sanctions, to obtain UN endorsement for what looks very much like a colonial mandate in Iraq. Secretary of State Colin Powell has gone to Damascus to warn the Syrians...