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[ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] Radio five live with Simon Mayo, 17.7.02 2pm-3pm. Interview with Scott Ritter. Ritter says that a democratic nation has every right for pre-emptive strikes but the trouble with Iraq is that Blair has no evidence. SH is a brutal dictator but there is no justification for war unless it is a threat to US/UK. Bush has influenced Blair; dictating acquiescence to UK. Bush regime dominated by far right conservatives who are dedicated to regime removal. Political careers on the line. 59% of US citizens support war on Iraq. Ritter described his job as weapons inspector, frustrating, but by 1996 the inspectors knew of all of Iraqi capability. Iraqis tried to intimidate him but he was "alpha dog". He was an "in the face" sort of inspector. Said that US had tried to link Iraq with Al-Qaeda and failed, with Anthrax and failed, and was now trying to link them to WMD but Scott believes they still have little evidence, but they just want an excuse for regime change. Question: Why did you change? Answer: Ritter said he hasn't changed. He has always acted throughout the same. Question: You know Iraqis are liars, so why do you call Blair a liar? Answer: Ritter knows the way the media and government in US work against him personally, he knows ways that the media is manipulated. He got info from Israel, best security intelligence in the world. If they said the world said there was no info on Iraq when there was, the Israelis would provide a dossier of evidence if it was there, in order to disprove it. The fact that Israel doesn't provide evidence makes Ritter think that there is no evidence to suggest that Iraq has recovered its capability. Question: What about the person who defected 2 yrs ago who said there was WMD. Answer. Ritter said the person who defected is a fraud, he was fired from his position and tried to peddle misinformation as a new career. (Heeba Hamza???) He was known as an embezzler. Question. (Not clear what questioner was saying but something about return visit in 1998) Answer. Ritter went to Iraq to make a film, this was difficult at first because he was described as a spy for US when he first worked in Iraq. He had to be seen in a different light on later visit. He refused to do any weapons inspecting for Iraq because he didn't want to be seen as an Iraqi tool. But he did talk to government departments and officials. Questions: Are you 100% certain you are right. Answer. Ritter said the inspectors in UNISCOM were human, they did a very good job, but he was not totally certain, but his dept dealt with substantive facts rather than hypothesis. He thinks he achieved 90-95% level of clearance of weapons and to build again, Iraq would have to build new buildings but there is no information this has happened from any source. Question. Are you patriotic Answer: Yes, very, but to USA not to Bush, the patriotic duty is to speak out when the government is wrong. He thinks the UK system is more accountable. Question. The questioner had a fear that Iraq can get weapons from other rogue states, even though he is not a supporter of Bush. Answer He might, he might not. But Bush MUST have evidence before he strikes. Everyone must ask their elected representatives: HOW DO YOU KNOW? Question. This is all about oil, oil is the hidden agenda. Answer. This is a simplified account, the oil problem is solved because we have access to Iraq's oil, this proposed strike is about unilateralism and this is very dangerous. Question. How has the government suddenly got new information, why didn't they let us know at the start of the new build up of wmd - this is worrying. Answer. If Iraq was doing what US government claims, it would be on the front page of every newspaper. _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk