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Saturday, February 15, 2003

Today's Smoking Gun

There's so much smoke in Iraq that it's getting in Hans Blix's eyes.

From UN Resolution 1441:

Decides that false 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

Now, Hans Blix's own words, in which he clearly indicates Iraq's non-compliance:

(UN Press release SC/7664, dated February 14, 2003):

[M]any banned weapons remained unaccounted for

The outstanding questions remained, however - well known to Iraq -- concerning anthrax, the nerve agent VX and long-range missiles. Iraqi documents, for example, left some 1,000 tons of chemical agents unaccounted for and the issue must be resolved either by presenting such items for elimination, or by presenting convincing evidence that they had been eliminated.

As for Al-Samoud 2 and the Al Fatah missiles, they could very well represent a prima facie case of proscribed missile systems, as they had been tested to ranges exceeding the 150-kilometre limit set by the Security Council.

In January, [Blix] had also noted that cooperation required more than the opening of doors. In the words of resolution 1441, it required immediate, unconditional and active efforts by Iraq to resolve existing questions of disarmament -- either by presenting remaining proscribed items and programmes for elimination or by presenting convincing evidence that they had been eliminated.

Another matter -- and one of great significance -- was that many proscribed weapons and items were not accounted for. For example, the documents provided by Iraq suggested that some 1,000 tons of chemical agent were "unaccounted for". One must not jump to the conclusion that they existed. However, that possibility was also not excluded. If they existed, they should be presented for destruction. If not, credible evidence to that effect should be presented

It is not, nor was it ever the job of inspectors to find "weapons of mass destruction" or any other prohibited item in Iraq. It is IRAQ'S responsibility to PROVE it has destroyed or eliminated such items.

But, thanks to the leftist American media and the idiots in France, Belgium, Germany and Russia - all of which have contributed actively to Iraq's conventional military - the U.N. has once again proved its irrelevancy and its desire to let Saddam get away with any d-n thing he pleases.

And in five or ten years - just as happened with North Korea - the world will be "shocked" to discover Iraq has not only biological and chemical weapons, but nuclear ones as well.

"Today's report confirms that, despite White House scare tactics, Social Security remains sound for decades to come.."

-? Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (NV) upon hearing reports that the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds will go bankrupt even earlier than predicted.

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