Clarification of UN Verification

Written by Gerald L. Campbell

Clarification of UN Verification by Gerald L. Campbell Senior Advisor torepparttar Director United States Information Agency, 1985-1990

I've been frustrated for some time thatrepparttar 126025 administration, foreign leaders, andrepparttar 126026 press have been referring torepparttar 126027 UN personnel charged with determining whether Iraq is complying with UN Resolution 1441 as 'inspectors'. An inspector is one who searches for clues. This is not whatrepparttar 126028 UN team is supposed to do. Their purpose is altogether different.

'Prove' and 'verify' -- these arerepparttar 126029 key operative words. To date, direct and precise dialogue has not taken place. Confusion abounds.

The UN people are charged with onlyrepparttar 126030 task of verifying that Iraq has satisfactorily accounted forrepparttar 126031 existence of their radiological, chemical, or biological weapons capability. They should be called "Verifiers". We already know beyond doubt that these weapons did at one time exist. The question now is: where are they or what happened to them. Becauserepparttar 126032 UN 'verifiers' have been erroneously called 'inspectors'repparttar 126033 perception now exists that these UN personnel need more time to do their job, 'to find more clues'.

Does Iraq need more time to comply withrepparttar 126034 UN mandate to prove that they have destroyed their weapons? Or, have they had enough time? The simple truth is that they would not need more time ifrepparttar 126035 public perception of their task was as 'verifiers'. The question is not about whetherrepparttar 126036 inspectors need more time or whether their numbers need to be expanded. The question is about Iraq demonstrating torepparttar 126037 world what happened to these weapons.

Towards a Strategy of Prevention

Written by Gerald L. Campbell

Towards a Strategy of Prevention by Gerald L. Campbell Senior Advisor torepparttar Director United States Information Agency, 1985-1990

For nearly four decades, America's approach to social problems has been dominated by a scientific methodology and culture whose practical assumptions require thatrepparttar 126024 material conditions associated with specific human behaviors are to be treated as causes of those behaviors independent of a more fundamental causal connection torepparttar 126025 spiritual dynamics ofrepparttar 126026 human person.

This scientific perspective, by denyingrepparttar 126027 causal relationship betweenrepparttar 126028 spiritual and human behavior, substantially diminishesrepparttar 126029 perceived reality ofrepparttar 126030 individual and transforms it into a rough caricature of itself. Devoid of spiritual content, freedom, and dignity,repparttar 126031 individual is by methodological requirements reduced to a kind of 'empty vessel' whose sole function inrepparttar 126032 scheme of research is to act as a locus wherein social and economic forces interact and supposedly determinerepparttar 126033 course of one's behavior.

Policy-makers, acting within this mechanistic framework, have tended to unduly magnifyrepparttar 126034 role that material causation plays in determiningrepparttar 126035 course of human conduct. Indeed, they have acceptedrepparttar 126036 view thatrepparttar 126037 cause of socially dysfunctional behaviors can be traced to an observed set of social and economic conditions that are correlated to each of these behaviors. Moreover, they have bought intorepparttar 126038 illusion that such behaviors can be rectified throughrepparttar 126039 proper management of a complex system of incentives and disincentives designed to alleviaterepparttar 126040 impact these material conditions supposedly have on human conduct.

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