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[casi] BBC NEWS online Iraq: Ask former UN weapons inspector

You can submit questions for this online forum to be held this Friday at 15:30 BST

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
*   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
*   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

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