Alpha 1, in regards to your retort to my statement. Please read what I wrote again:
But face facts, Saddam is no worse today than he was when he was being armed and openly supported by "the West". But I guess his digressions whilst receiving "Western" support were overlooked, as long as those digressions were taking out those evil Iranians.
"Support" can come in many more forms than just supplying weapons. Also, "the West" does not automatically (as you assume) to be America. But as you seem to be making an issue of it with your "get your facts straight" comment, please tell me if this is true or false?
1) America, Germany and France supplied Saddam with gas, weapons and planes in the early 1980s. All of which were used against Iran in the Iran-Iraq War (which is why I made the comment about the "evil Iranians", and in Kurdish regions after the war.
2) Ronald Reagan organised loan guarantees to Saddam of up to $400 million and asked ExIm to guarantee a further $500 million
3) America (under Reagan) "provided export licenses for the purchase of American high technology, including laser-guided welding systems that were used for the construction of centrifuges that produce weapons quality uranium"
4) George Bush (the old one) provided loan guarantees of up to $1 billion to Saddam.
Even if 1) and 3) were false (which they AREN'T), then 2) and 4) alone indicates SUPPORT for Saddam's regime by 2 American presidents. Correct?
And this, after Saddam gassed a Kurdish village in the late 1980s.
While the August 18 NYT article added new details about the extent of US military collaboration with Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein during Iraq's 1980-88 war with Iran, it omitted the most outrageous aspect of the scandal: not only did Washington turn a blind-eye to the Hussein regime's repeated use of chemical weapons against Iranian soldiers and Iraq's Kurdish minority, but the US helped Iraq develop its chemical, biological and nuclear weapons programs.
Even William Safire, the right-wing, war-mongering NYT columnist, on December 7, 1992, felt compelled to write that, “Iraqgate is uniquely horrendous: a scandal about the systematic abuse of power by misguided leaders of three democratic nations [the US, Britain and Italy] to secretly finance the arms buildup of a dictator”.
Do a search on IRAQGATE
on Google, and you will find a WEALTH of information which will allow you "get your facts straight".
Now, in relation to the topic. What North Korea did was not illegal. Yes, the Spaniards had every right to board this ship under international maritime laws. No, neither Spain or America have the right under international maritime laws to seize the cargo.
I had laugh at this: "While U.S. officials conceded such laws do not allow for the seizure of conventional weapons that are not banned by any treaty, they also argued the law does not explicitly forbid it." (from CNN.com). That is akin to saying that murder is not allowed, but there is no law which explicity forbids murder.
If anything will be learned from this whole "saga", North Korea will in future send all arms shipments via ships which fly the North Korean flag, and have markings on the ship which give no doubt as to the "flag" of the ship.