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Old 04-17-2003, 07:37 AM   #1
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Has the US anything to hide?

Wouldn't it be better if some more neutral than the US would find the WMDs?

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UN ponders inspectors' return
Hans Blix says inspectors are ready to go back
The United Nations has asked for a fresh report from its chief weapons inspector Hans Blix as it considers sending teams back to Iraq.

A majority of the Security Council - including the Washington's main war ally Britain - favours resuming the UN searches for Saddam Hussein's alleged weapons of mass destruction.

But correspondents say the United States has so far resisted the return of the UN inspectors, who were withdrawn from Iraq shortly before the US-led coalition started bombing Baghdad.

A couple of people of the Unmovic staff have been approached and asked to join the American team but they have so far declined
Ewen Buchanan
Washington has deployed its own teams to look for weapons, which it cited as the key reason for launching war.

Providing evidence of banned arms is seen as crucial for justifying the decision to attack Iraq, but so far there have been no confirmed finds of illicit materials.

BBC Article "UN ponders inspectors' return"
If only the US can find the WMDs there could be allways this bitter taste of cheating...

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Old 04-17-2003, 09:22 AM   #2
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weve found more WMDs in 27 days than Mr. Hans "I must have very poor vision" Blix has in 12 years.

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Diamond: first mr. Blix had no 12 Years time to search - 2nd please substract the things the US thought that they found it but it was harmless in the end.

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p.s. thanks for not posting another G.W.B. picture - i allready got a feeling how some people feel in ocuntries where pictures of the beloved leader are in every room
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Old 04-17-2003, 09:41 AM   #4
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I recall hearing that over the course of weapons inspections some 4000 rounds of chemical or biological amunition were turned over.
this could be wrong...I did hear some pretty impressive figures on TV from a former weapons inspector....4000 *something* was in there plus some more figures

yes...I am the king of vague, unreferenced posts
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hmmmm.....cigars
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They found chemical suits, traces of nerve gas, but no big time storages of WMDs. The nerve gas stuff made me nervous. That stuff is pretty lethal.
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weve found more WMDs in 27 days than Mr. Hans "I must have very poor vision" Blix has in 12 years.
How soon we forget... This is why the media prints so many unfounded stories of found WMDs, because people will get excited and then not follow up so they take it as truth.

But to answer the original question...Yes I believe someone neutral should come in and do the investigations. I don't trust GW.
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hey, they should let ANYONE who wants to look for them to come on in......come on, let's organize an interference hunting party and go over there!

seriously though, whoever looks for them, they will find them, given time. all that iraq had to do is bury one bunker full of them in the middle of the desert, and it will take months to find them.

for me, this was the key point of the war, that they did in fact have them and denied it.
unless I am completely wrong, they will find them eventually.

and didn't they find 4 mobile production trucks buried under the desert?
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But to answer the original question...Yes I believe someone neutral should come in and do the investigations. I don't trust GW.
Ditto.

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A interesting article about US/UN controlled weapon inspections:

Banishing Hans Blix
Hans Blix may not dance to Washington's tune, but that is precisely why
his word on the presence of unconventional weapons in Baghdad is so
valuable.

full story at: http://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/23/op...23WED1.html?th
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Klaus,

Could you please post the whole article, for those not registered at the New York Times? Thank you.

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Popmartijn:

i'll do so, i get no route to host of nytimes.com at the moment - i'll try again later
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Here you go,
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aving won a military victory in Iraq without the support of the United Nations, the Bush administration now seems determined to search for Baghdad's unconventional weapons without help from Hans Blix and his team of international inspectors. That is too bad. The hunt for these weapons would be aided by the presence of independent experts, and the credibility of any discoveries would be much enhanced if they were confirmed by the U.N.

Mr. Blix said yesterday that his arms control specialists could return to Iraq in two weeks and work cooperatively with Americans now in the field. As he spoke, the White House made plain that it opposed further U.N. involvement in disarming Iraq.

America's military victory in Iraq has transformed the problem of discovering and dismantling any prohibited Iraqi weapons. The concealment efforts that long thwarted investigators are over. So is any immediate danger of Iraq using biological or chemical arms. But the central question of whether Iraq had active unconventional weapons programs still remains. None have yet been found by American or British troops. This is no small matter, given Washington's emphasis on Iraq's arms as the primary reason for going to war.

The White House dislikes Mr. Blix for his even-handed reports to the Security Council last winter. Although he repeatedly pointed to Iraq's failure to provide the full cooperation required of it, he never produced the irrefutable evidence of Iraq's cheating that the administration wanted. Now Washington is learning how hard it is to come up with such evidence without active cooperation from Iraqi scientists. Washington's anger is misplaced. Its quarrel was with France, Russia and Germany, not U.N. inspectors. Encouragingly, Paris has now softened its differences with Washington by proposing an early suspension of sanctions against Iraq.

Mr. Blix, an international civil servant, organized a capable inspections program in the face of Iraqi obstruction and American sniping. It was never his job to provide grist for Washington's diplomacy or to decide between war and peace. He should not become a barrier to bringing back U.N. inspectors, especially since he is retiring in June.

Yet just when his experts would be free to work unimpeded, they are being rebuffed by Washington, which wrongly believes that an American-run weapons search can be as credible as a U.N. effort. Mr. Blix and his successors may not dance to Washington's tune, but that is precisely why their word on these matters is so valuable.
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