Mr. Blix came out of retirement in 2000 to do the difficult job of heading up the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (Unmovic).
Prior to that he was a low key diplomat who was in charge of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from 1981 to 1997. During that time, the Iraqi government managed to hide EVERYTHING in their advanced nuclear weapons development program from the IAEA. He was totally fooled and befuddled by it. He failed, and failed miserably, and he admitted it!
What I did not like, the second time around, was that he took a soft approach in dealing with the Iraqis particularly having his team members take sensitivity training when dealing with the Iraqis. Sensitivity training? What he should have done was gone in and kicked down doors and be more aggressive in his search. After all, he HAD WORLD backing. When you are dealing with people who are suspected of doing wrong you do not treat them with a light touch. Ask any law enforcement official.
Blix is still bitter that on several occasions he was not allowed classified U.S. Government documents. Documents that even Congressmen could not see. Oh the high and the mighty Mr. Blix.
The man has great credentials from several Universities and has his doctorate. He was respected as I said, for his low-key approach and quiet demeanor. But then he has a taste of the world stage and there is that thorn from the Bush administration regarding that intel that was not shared.
So? Mr. Quiet err..Mr. Blix, comes out against Bush and Blair, quite vociferously, and that the U.S. and U.K. had exaggerated, or "over-interpreted" the reasons. Then there is the comparing the two countries prior to hostilities breaking out, to a kitchen salesmen trying to sell a kitchen appliance. How diplomatic for a diplomat. And a quiet at that.
Sorry the man was duped once and failed in his role the second time. (That's twice for those of you who are keeping score) And as a diplomat, he failed in his most high mission; that of preventing war.
There is nothing worse than a quiet old diplomat rising for some glory out of failure.
Harsh? You bet. Deserved? Only you can decide if it's fair.
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