Won't get fooled again

Simon Tisdall believes that the US still needs the UN

With Iraqi oil revenues coming nowhere close to reconstruction requirements, the US needs UN authority to attract foreign funds – or else those funds may never come. And if Bush (and Blair) are ever to escape the WMD miasma, they must allow the UN inspectors back. Only their independent verdict will suffice.

For Bush, Iraq’s lessons are becoming clear – if he has the sense to see them. The world community works together – or it doesn’t work. And the American people don’t like being taken for mugs.