Ryanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15 Posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1063 times:
UN weapons inspectors today stated that Iraq HAS been illegally importing weapons throughout 2001 and 2002. They are now seeking a higher level of commitment from the Iraqis about WMD's to avert any war.
I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
Alpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1048 times:
From what I've seen, these were illegally obtained CONVENTIONAL weapons, nto WMD's. I do not think, if I'm correct, that meets the UN "line in the sand" for possible coflict, but it does show that Iraq is not being fully honest with the UN in their dealings on this issue. They obviously didn't put those weapons in that 11,000 page "complete report" on their weapons. So much for Saddam being truthful, as some had naively hoped on here.
Again, to me this does not, in and of itself, constitute any trip-wire for conflict. I don't think we've reached that point. I think it instructive, however, for all those that oppose an attack on Iraq under any circumstances, to note the tough words of Hans Blix, the UN point-man in this process. He's hinting at war himself now, and that's not a good thing.
National_757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 987 times:
This is all part of Saddam's little game. I'm only assuming here, so this is just my opinon but I think he meant the inspectors to find this stuff. Read this editorial from the ArabNews, a Saudi Arabia paper. I think most of you all here would find it interesting.
Save Iraq from the carnage
By Fawaz Turki
Dear Mr. Saddam Hussein, president of Iraq:
I’m writing this urgent memo as per your request in the speech you recently gave calling on people in “the Arab nation” to ready themselves for a confrontation with “the sons of Satan.” These devils are poised, you stated, to invade your country, inflicting on its citizens potentially more suffering than the one visited upon them 12 years ago — incalculable suffering from which they yet have to recover to this day.
Since I care about Iraq’s fate and its people’s welfare — not just because I happen to be an Arab, but also because of my concerns, being the liberal fool that I am, about the right of deprived folks in Third World nations to enjoy social justice and freedom, and to live prosperous, secure lives — I am urging you to drop the notion that of “l’etat, c’est mois,” and to contemplate what might be, in these dangerous times, the best answer to the very question that you yourself raised in your speech: How to deal with the imminent disaster that your country, and along with it the Arab nation, appears to be facing.
Mr. Hussein, Sir, have you considered the possibility of resigning, leaving Iraq and living in exile where you could productively devote your time to writing your memoir?
Arsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 970 times:
I suspect he does have WMD's, whether it's biological,chemical or nuclear i don't know. The weapons inspectors could search for the next 50 years and they won't find a shred. With Iraq, you are dealing with a country almost the size of Texas! There are a million different places where Saddam can secretly hide his stuff and nobody will ever know, the only way the inspectors will find anything is if the Iraqi's cock up and forget to hide everything.
Then comes the real problem. How do you persuade people that Iraq has these weapons when you can't show them the evidence, and then justify war, especialy when you have intelligence showing them that he has WMD's?