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  B is for Blix...and Bollocks!
by Edward L. Daley, The Bodacious Post
8
February 2003

The problem with the Blix report on Iraq's weapons inspection compliance.

Chief U.N. Weapons Inspector, Hans Blix, said on January 24 that he endorsed
giving Iraq a "B" grade for cooperation with the U.N. Nuclear team, but I for one would like to know how he can possibly make such an absurd statement with a straight face in light of everything which has transpired over the past month. In the first place, this isn't a college exam we're talking about here, these are supposed to be serious weapons inspections. You don't rate such things with letter grades. This is clearly a pass/fail test! Either Iraq is complying with the relevant U.N. resolutions or it is not doing so. Finding that out is the
only reason these people were sent to Iraq. There is no ambiguity here.
This is not a game of hide and seek! Those inspectors went there to determine
within a relatively brief period of time if Saddam Hussein is in compliance with
U.N. dictates

If Hussein has destroyed all of his weapons of mass murder, something which is, frankly, beyond comprehension when one considers that he has never exhibited any willingness to do so, why has he not evenattempted to explain what became of them and provide evidence to supportsuch a claim? His current behavior is exactly the sort which the unanimously agreed upon U.N. resolution 1441 refered to when itproclaimed "Iraq has not provided an accurate, full, final and complete disclosure, as is required by resolution 687 (1991), of all aspects of it's programmes to develop weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles with a range greater than one hundred and fifty kilometers, and of all holdings of such weapons, their components and production facilities and locations, as well as all other nuclear programmes, including any which it claims are forpurposes not related to nuclear-weapons-usable material."

Iraq is REQUIRED to explain in detail what it did with it's illegal weaponry, and if it still possesses any at all it is obligated to turnover those weapons immediately. We know for a fact that Hussein hadliterally tons of deadly chemical weapons, such as sarin, mustard and VX nerve gasses, at one time, because he used massive amounts of them on Iranian and Iraqi citizens alike in the 1980s and 90s. There is absolutely no reason to believe that a man who would murder thousands ofhis own people with these horrific weapons would ever destroy them ofhis own volition, and Saddam certainly exhibited no change in hisbehavior when he expelled U.N. inspectors from his country in November of 1997.

We also know that Hussein possessed thousands of gallons of anthrax atthat time. According to Department of Defense officials, anthrax was themost deadly biological agent in Saddam's possession that year, and atleast 2,000 gallons of that substance remained unaccounted for wheninspectors left Iraq less than 6 years ago. That is a tremendous amountof anthrax, especially when one considers that a gram of it is capableof killing tens of thousands of people.

SADDAM HUSSEIN CLEARLY HAS NOT COOPERATED WITH UN WEAPONS INSPECTORS!What this lunatic has done is threaten America at everyopportunity and fire upon both American and British forces in the no-flyzones repeatedly. Most recently he has threatened to blow up all ofIraq's oil wells if a military assault should come to pass, and we knowhe's not bluffing because he did just that in 1991, not to mention dumping millions of gallons of oil into the waters of the Persian Gulf,as his forces were being routed by predominantly U.S. troops. The formerof these two acts in particular amounted to one of the worst, man-madeecological disasters in history, and it was committed intentionally!

Saddam's son, Uday, a man who many consider to be a true psychopath, is now threatening retaliation for an American invasion, saying that Iraq's response "would make September 11 look like a picnic" in comparison, and mentioning the use of poison gas against our forces. What I'd likesomeone to explain to me is how the Iraqis could possibly use such weapons if they've all been destroyed?

Hans Blix admits openly that Saddam has already violated at least 16 provisions of the Security Council 's resolutions, and has even beencaught storing a dozen missiles which Iraq is not allowed to possess and also failed to mention in it's 12,000 page declaration last month. Thatdeclaration, by the way, is overwhelmingly regarded as being profoundly incomplete and basically useless. Instead of Hans Blix attempting to explain what Saddam Hussein has done to deserve a satisfactory rating from the U.N. inspection team, I suggest that he, instead, clarify whyanyone should consider him, Dr. Bilx, to be a competent human being! Hecertainly hasn't exhibited a sufficient amount of shrewdness, intelligence or ability in his role as Chief Weapons Inspector that I can detect.

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