The following is an archived copy of a message sent to a Discussion List run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq.

Views expressed in this archived message are those of the author, not of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq.

[Main archive index/search] [List information] [Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq Homepage]

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

[casi] FW: UN Arms Inspector Blix Criticizes U.S. Over Iraq


Has anyone seen this article? Looks interesting...

UN Arms Inspector Blix Criticizes U.S. Over Iraq
Mon June 23, 2003 09:16 PM ET
By Grant McCool

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The longer the United States and
Britain occupy Iraq without finding weapons of mass
destruction, the more conceivable it is that Baghdad
destroyed them after the first Gulf War in 1991, chief
U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix said on Monday.

Blix, to retire next week after heading inspections
before the U.S.-led war on Iraq began in March, also
spoke critically at a think tank meeting of one of
Washington's key arguments for overthrowing Iraq
President Saddam Hussein.

"It is sort of fascinating that you can have 100
percent certainty about weapons of mass destruction
and zero certainty of about where they are," Blix said
at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

Two months after the fall of Baghdad in a war launched
after the United States and Britain accusing Saddam of
illegally harboring nuclear, chemical and biological
weapons, their troops still have not found any such

"I'm simply saying that the longer we are in this
situation without finding anything, the more we have
to ask ourselves is it conceivable that they did
destroy in '91," Blix told Reuters Television after
the event.

Saddam said the weapons were destroyed in 1991 when a
U.S.-led international coalition ousted his army from
Kuwait. Blix has said that inspectors made their last
significant finds in 1994.

Blix's U.N. inspectors searched for weapons of mass
destruction in Iraq from November 2002 to March 2003.
Some U.S. officials faulted the Swede for failing to
produce tougher reports on Iraq's purported weapons.

But on Monday, Blix took aim at the Bush
administration's assertions that Washington needed
more time to find Iraq's weapons.

"Three-and-a-half months for new inspections was a
rather short time before calling it a day and
especially when we now see the U.S. government is
saying that, 'look, you have to have a little
patience, you know these things take time.' All
right," Blix told his audience of foreign policy
analysts, business leaders, academics and journalists.

Blix, retiring on June 30 after heading the U.N.
Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission
since March 2000, said he would like to write a
"nuanced view" of the period.

Do you Yahoo!?
SBC Yahoo! DSL - Now only $29.95 per month!

Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq.
To unsubscribe, visit
To contact the list manager, email
All postings are archived on CASI's website:

[Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq Homepage]