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Blix - "No WMD since 1991"
    #2198901 - 12/24/03 02:13 AM (13 years, 6 months ago)

Iraq probably destroyed its weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the early 1990s, the former United Nations chief weapons inspector Hans Blix has said.

Speaking to the BBC's World Service, Mr Blix said he was more certain than ever that there was no WMD in Iraq.

Mr Blix said the capture of ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was important, as he may reveal at what stage he might have destroyed them.

The US and UK used concerns over WMD to justify the March invasion of Iraq.

Mr Blix and a team of UN weapons inspectors spent more than three months searching for WMD in Iraq in the build-up to the war without finding anything they deemed significant.

'No weapons'

Speaking to the BBC's Newshour programme, Mr Blix said he hoped Saddam Hussein would now reveal the truth about his chemical, biological and nuclear programmes.

"I doubt that he will reveal any WMD, because I think both we UN inspectors and the American inspectors have been looking around and come to the conclusion that there aren't any," Mr Blix said.

"He might be able to reveal when they were done away with. I am inclined to think it was early in 1991 or 1992."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3323633.stm


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Re: Blix - "No WMD since 1991" [Re: Xlea321]
    #2198958 - 12/24/03 02:50 AM (13 years, 6 months ago)

these are all verifiable:

July 1994 - Iraq destroys 480,000 liters of chemical agents in accordance to demands of the UNSCOM. (Oldaker 1996, 2)

14 June 1996 - UNSCOM inspectors begin dismantling a biological weapons facility in central Iraq, despite pleas from Baghdad to salvage some dual-use items. (Reuters, 14 June 1996)

End October 1997 - Iraq refuses entry to three Americans on a team of UN arms inspectors, and warns Iraqi anti-aircraft guns might fire upon US U-2 spy planes if surveillance flights continue. The UN sends a high-level diplomatic mission to resolve the budding crisis and Iraq delays the expulsion order against the American inspectors. (Washington Post, 3 November 1997, A1; Financial Times, 5 November 1997, 6)

12 November 1997 - The UN Security Council unanimously approves a travel ban for senior Iraqi officials and demands that Iraq stop interfering with UN weapons inspectors. Iraq insists that the weapons teams have fewer Americans. When Iraq refuses to comply with UN demands, the weapons inspectors leave the country. Fears mount that Iraq could revive chemical and biological weapons programs without the oversight of the international community. Russia and France push for a diplomatic solution to the crisis, while Washington does not rule out a resort to the use of force. The United States increases its military presence in the Gulf. (Washington Post, 13 November 1997, A1; Washington Post, 18 November 1997, A22)

21 November 1997 - After intense diplomacy by Security Council members, particularly Russia, Iraq agrees to allow UN weapon inspectors back into the country. Russia agrees to push for concessions, such as the easing of the UN sanctions, in return. The Security Council rebuffs a Russian request to declare Iraq free of nuclear weapons and nearly free of prohibited missiles. (Washington Post, 21 November 1997, A1; New York Times, 22 November 1997, A1)

16 January 1998 - A weapons inspection team leaves Iraq after being barred for three days from conducting an inspection. The UN Security Council deplores Iraq's decision, which constitutes a clear violation of UN resolutions. (CRS, 6 March 1998, 3)

17 January 1998 - Saddam Hussein announces that Iraq will expel all weapons inspectors if sanctions against Iraq are not removed within six months. (CRS, 6 March 1998, 3)

3 February 1998 - US Secretary of Defense Cohen warns that if diplomacy fails, the United States will wage a "significant" military campaign against Iraq, "far more than what has been experienced in the past." (CRS, 6 March 1998, 5)

29 April 1998 - UNSCOM chief arms inspector Richard Butler reveals that experts discovered mustard gas in Iraqi artillery shells found at an ammunitions depot in 1996. The discovery raises new questions about similar shells that remain unaccounted for. (New York Times, 29 April 1998, A10)

24 June 1998 - Contradicting claims it never weaponized the substance, UNSCOM chief Butler says tests at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland show Iraq loaded deadly VX gas onto a missile. Iraq claims bias in the test of warhead pieces; similar weapons fragments are tested in Switzerland and France to see whether the finding can be confirmed. (USIS, 24 June 1998; New York Times, 25 June 1998, A10)

23 July 1998 - Iraqi authorities refuse to give UNSCOM documents that list weapons used by the Iraqi Air Force during the war with Iran. (Washington Post, 24 July 1998, A28)

5 August 1998 - Iraq restricts activities of IAEA and orders an end to all UNSCOM inspections, except for those specifically approved by the Iraqi government. It allows long distance monitoring with video camera, as well as air, water and soil sampling, to continue. President Hussein demands that UNSCOM be restructured, Butler replaced, and that UNSCOM move its headquarters out of the United States. (Financial Times, 6 August 1998, 1; USIS, 6 August 1998; New York Times, 15 September 1998, A3; Wall Street Journal, 2 October 1998, A16)

3 September 1998 - In a letter to Congress, President Clinton denounces Iraq's failure to allow weapons inspections, warns that, "If the Council fails to persuade the Iraqi regime to resume cooperation, all other options are on the table ." (USIS, 3 September 1998)

14 September 1998 - Iraq's National Assembly threatens to end all cooperation with inspectors unless the Security Council resumes regular reviews of the sanctions. (New York Times, 15 September 1998, A3)

31 October 1998 - Iraq stops all cooperation with weapons inspectors, banning arms inspectors from visiting sites that have already been inspected and were being monitored by UNSCOM. Baghdad says sensors and monitors placed in sites can continued operating and also exempt the IAEA from its latest decision. (Financial Times, 2 November 1998, 1; Wall Street Journal, 2 November 1998, A4)

20 November 1998 - Shortly after UNSCOM inspectors resume their duties in Iraq, the Iraqi government refuses to provide 12 documents relating to weapons inventories. Iraqi Deputy Foreign Minister Riyadh al-Qaysi accuses the inspectors of "unjustifiably" prolonging their work, thereby extending the embargo. (Washington Post, 24 November 1998, A25; 18 November 1998, A33; Financial Times, 24 November 1998, 6)

19 December 1998 - After four consecutive nights of bombing, the US and Britain end the attack on Iraq. President Clinton declares Operation Desert Fox a success at degrading Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction program and his conventional military capacity. In all, there were about 600 bombs and 415 cruise missiles fired at approximately 100 targets. (Washington Post, 20 December 1998, A1; New York Times, 20 December 1998, 24; Wall Street Journal, 21 December 1998, A3; 22 December 1998, A20)

15 December 1999 - Iraq refuses to allow IAEA inspectors to check Iraq's uranium stockpile as required under the 1968 nuclear nonproliferation treaty. (New York Times, 15 December 1999, A13; 16 December 1999, A5)

19 December 1999 - Iraq officially rejects resolution 1284 and demands unconditional lifting of sanctions. (Washington Post, 19 December 1999, A54)

(emphasis mine)

complete timeline here.


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Re: Blix - "No WMD since 1991" [Re: ]
    #2199077 - 12/24/03 04:11 AM (13 years, 6 months ago)

so there was some mustard gas and maybe some VX nerve gas found? Woooah they were gonna destroy the world.


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Re: Blix - "No WMD since 1991" [Re: ]
    #2199314 - 12/24/03 08:57 AM (13 years, 6 months ago)

these are all verifiable

Verifiable of what? It's verification of WMD we're interested in here.

BTW, I can't see anything in that timeline about the CIA infiltration of the inspection teams being the reason they were withdrawn...


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    #2199661 - 12/24/03 01:48 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

so there was some mustard gas and maybe some VX nerve gas found? Woooah they were gonna destroy the world.

the title of this post quotes a statement by hans blix, "no WMD since 1991". i was only pointing out that the statement is false.


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Re: Blix - "No WMD since 1991" [Re: Xlea321]
    #2199670 - 12/24/03 01:53 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

Verifiable of what? It's verification of WMD we're interested in here.

the title of your post contains a quote by hans blix, "no WMD since 1991". i was only pointing out that the statement is false (it also seems to have been fabricated). if it had said, "no verification of WMD's in iraq in march 2003", i would not have refuted that.

BTW, I can't see anything in that timeline about the CIA infiltration of the inspection teams being the reason they were withdrawn...

forgive me if i'm mistaken, but i don't recall any part of iraq's weapons agreement as barring members of intelligence organizations such as the CIA from participating in the inspections.


Edited by Anonymous (12/24/03 06:36 PM)


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Re: Blix - "No WMD since 1991" [Re: Xlea321]
    #2201009 - 12/25/03 04:28 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

Quote:

Alex123 said:






Personally I think that Palestine has NO RIGHT to the territory that Israel is occupying! Spoils to the victor!


i'm just letting you feel the fun and enjoyment, alex, of thread-derailment.


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    #2201016 - 12/25/03 04:33 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

you think mustard gas is a "weapon of mass destruction" ?

what a fucking joke that phrase has become.....


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Re: Blix - "No WMD since 1991" [Re: ]
    #2201373 - 12/25/03 11:46 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

Fiend - I realize that you have that post there to show my ignorance and racism, but when you have it like that, well, it seems that you are putting a disclaimer on your message. Just a helpful hint :wink:


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