Have you people ignored Dr. Blix's final report? Remember that one...the one that said IN
SUBSTANCE no real progress had been made in the time the inspectors were there. Meaning, for all intents and purposes, 4 months was wasted, while France and the like praised every move by Saddam, no matter how deceitful, as progress. France had no intention of seeing 1441 through, and co-opted the so-called peace movement to provde itself cover. No SUBSTANTIAL progress, just a smoke screen. And this is fine and dandy for some of you, I guess.
While going through this report, as Dr. Blix occassionaly dozed off, France, Germany and Russia continued to spew the same old garbage they have been for months now...we need more time, this is working, etc., etc....It was almost funny, yet sad, watching this exercise in futility and irrelavance. Even Kofi Annan is trying to get them off of it, and trying to get them to focus on postwar issues, in an effort to maintain the relevance of the UNSC
. Will France even undermine this? All indications are that they are willing to withhold any assistance, and allow a humanitarian disaster to fester, in order to continue their own political posturing.
The wording has always been IMMEDIATE....for 12 years....IMMEDIATE DISARMAMENT....yet, they still have these weapons in working order, and are using them. The only weapins that have been destroyed besides the handful of missles Saddam hand picked for destruction were those fragments of weapons found in ditches that were destroyed by Allied troops in the first Gulf war. For once, wake up to the facts.