The Crazy Write Winger
Wednesday, February 05, 2003
The Smoking Gun
(Note: All UN Security Council Resolutions and UNMOVIC documents are available at http://www.un.org/documents/)
Those who believe there is no “smoking gun” in Iraq must be smoking something themselves. Let’s take a brief trip down memory lane at the UN.
Direct quotes from UN Security Council Resolution 1441 (S/RES1441), passed late last year:
“[UN Resolution] 687 (1991) imposed obligations on Iraq as a necessary step for achievement of its stated objective of restoring international peace and security in the area.”
“Iraq has not provided an accurate, full, final, and complete disclosure, as required by resolution 687 (1991), of all aspects of its programmes to develop weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles with a range greater than one hundred and fifty kilometres, and of all holdings of such weapons, their components and production facilities and locations, as well as all other nuclear programmes, including any which it claims are for purposes not related to nuclear-weapons-usable material.”
“Iraq repeatedly obstructed immediate, unconditional, and unrestricted access to sites designated by the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), failed to cooperate fully and unconditionally with UNSCOM and IAEA weapons inspectors, as required by resolution 687 (1991), and ultimately ceased all cooperation with UNSCOM and the IAEA in 1998”
“[T]he Government of Iraq has failed to comply with its commitments pursuant to resolution 687 (1991) with regard to terrorism, pursuant to resolution 688 (1991) to end repression of its civilian population and to provide access by international humanitarian organizations to all those in need of assistance in Iraq, and pursuant to resolutions 686 (1991), 687 (1991), and 1284 (1999) to return or cooperate in accounting for Kuwaiti and third country nationals wrongfully detained by Iraq, or to return Kuwaiti property wrongfully seized by Iraq”
Now, because of all this, the Security Council came to the following conclusions:
“ [The Security Council] decides that Iraq has been and remains in material breach of its obligations under relevant resolutions, including resolution 687 (1991), in particular through Iraq’s failure to cooperate with United Nations inspectors and the IAEA, and to complete the actions required under paragraphs 8 to 13 of resolution 687 (1991)”
“[F]alse statements or omissions in the declarations submitted by Iraq pursuant to this resolution and failure by Iraq at any time to comply with, and cooperate fully in the implementation of, this resolution shall constitute a further material breach of Iraq’s obligations.”
Translations for the reality-impaired: “Material Breach” in UN-speak means SMOKING GUN – period.
Excerpts from Hans Blix’s report to the UN Security Council on January 27, 2003:
“For nearly three years, Iraq refused to accept any inspections by UNMOVIC.”
“Iraq appears not to have come to a genuine acceptance – not even today – of the disarmament, which was demanded of it and which it needs to carry out to win the confidence of the world and to live in peace.”
“While we now have the technical capability to send a U-2 plane placed at our disposal for aerial imagery and for surveillance during inspections and have informed Iraq that we planned to do so, Iraq has refused to guarantee its safety, unless a number of conditions are fulfilled. As these conditions went beyond what is stipulated in resolution 1441 (2002) and what was practiced by UNSCOM and Iraq in the past, we note that Iraq is not so far complying with our request.”
“I am obliged to note some recent disturbing incidents and harassment. For instance, for some time farfetched allegations have been made publicly that questions posed by inspectors were of intelligence character. While I might not defend every question that inspectors might have asked, Iraq knows that they do not serve intelligence purposes and Iraq should not say so.”
“Paragraph 9 of resolution 1441 (2002) states that this cooperation shall be “active”. It is not enough to open doors. Inspection is not a game of “catch as catch can”. Rather, as I noted, it is a process of verification for the purpose of creating confidence. It is not built upon the premise of trust. Rather, it is designed to lead to trust, if there is both openness to the inspectors and action to present them with items to destroy or credible evidence about the absence of any such items”
“The document indicates that 13,000 chemical bombs were dropped by the Iraqi Air Force between 1983 and 1988, while Iraq has declared that 19,500 bombs were consumed during this period. Thus, there is a discrepancy of 6,500 bombs. The amount of chemical agent in these bombs would be in the order of about 1,000 tonnes. In the absence of evidence to the contrary, we must assume that these quantities are now unaccounted for.
The discovery of a number of 122 mm chemical rocket warheads in a bunker at a storage depot 170 km southwest of Baghdad was much publicized. This was a relatively new bunker and therefore the rockets must have been moved there in the past few years, at a time when Iraq should not have had such munitions.”
This is just the beginning. Secretary Powell provided evidence today at the UN that the Iraqis are not exactly forthcoming about their weapons programs. THAT ALONE is a “material breach” [Smoking Gun for the reality-impaired] of the UN resolutions.
The question is not whether or not a smoking gun exists. It is not the duty of UNMOVIC to play detective and find stuff Iraq isn't supposed to have. It is the duty of IRAQ to PROVE they have eliminated those weapons and do so in a clear, compelling and non-confrontive manner.
Iraq has been - in the UN Security Council's own words - in "material breach" of Resolutions 686, 687, 688, 707, 715, 986 and 1284. This has gone on for twelve years.
If that isn't a "smoking gun," then the UN must be smoking some funny cigarettes.
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