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You can submit questions for this online forum to be held this Friday at 15:30 BST http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/talking_point/forum/2263375.stm My 'brief' question is: * Iraq had a number of concerns about the previous weapons inspections regime which seemed to be more about humiliating Iraq, gathering intelligence information and stringing out an excuse for genocidal sanctions and less about qualitative disarmament. * Disarmament of Iraq’s WMD was to take place within the context of regional disarmament – there’s not been even the slightest gesture in this direction (the US would veto any move on Israel of course). * The US & UK placed some spies amongst the inspectors and used inspections to collect data in order to target Saddam Hussein. * The previous Chief Inspector (Butler) engineered a confrontation with the Iraqis * Instead of reporting to the UN he reported to the US and pulled out the inspectors without UN approval. * The US & UK then used the engineered confrontation to launch Desert Fox massacring sleeping soldiers (amongst other things) thereby undermining the UNSC, the inspectors and the long term monitoring arrangements. * The inspectors destroyed equipment that produced animal vaccines without ensuring adequate alternative measures. A preventable foot and mouth disease subsequently devastated Iraqi livestock. Will things be different with UNMOVIC and Hans Blix or will the rogue states, the US & UK, continue with their past practices? Mark Parkinson Bodmin Cornwall _______________________________________________ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk