let's not paint ourselves into a corner

U.N. resolution or not, this war violates international law. So argues Rahul Mahajan in an excerpt from a book on the U.S. war against Iraq.

The majority of the antiwar movement has made a mistake in emphasizing the unilateral nature of the war on Iraq and the need for United Nations approval, and we may well reap the consequences of that mistake.
Mahajan imagines the time may still come when the White House will have been able to "strong-arm and browbeat enough members of the Security Council to acquiesce" in its war, but there would still be no legitimacy for premeditated aggression.
It surely is unprecedented in world history that a country is under escalating attack; told repeatedly that it will be subjected to a full-scale war; required to disarm itself before that war; and then castigated by the "international community" for significant but partial compliance.