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IRAQ and WMD



The US has repeatedly said it is sure that Iraq has WMD. Chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix questioned the intelligence used by the US and Britain to justify attacking Iraq. Blix, faulted by Washington for not coming up with evidence of illegal weapons, also accused US officials of deliberately seeking to discredit his team in the run-up to the Iraq war in a bid to win political support for military action. "I think it's been one of the disturbing elements that so much of the intelligence on which the capitals built their case seemed to have been shaky," Blix told BBC radio in an interview (22/4/03). Blix, who is addressed the UN Security Council on the same day about his readiness to send inspectors back to Iraq, said he would not dream of accusing US and British intelligence agencies of fabricating reports on illegal arms. But he questioned their ability to spot "fakes" such as a report Iraq had imported tons of raw uranium. This coincided with a harsh attack on the State Department and on the UN, i.e. on diplomacy in general, by Newt Gingrich. Implicitly he was commending the Pentagon's conduct of affairs. Was he speaking with the approval of President Bush, or was he trying to ingratiate himself with the administration? Or was he just being Gingrich?

Ronald Hilton - 4/23/03


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