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Ex-chief weapons inspector slams Iraq war as 'tragedy' ('Ignorance is Blix' Alert!)
AFP on Yahoo ^ | 3/19/08 | AFP

Posted on 03/19/2008 10:18:21 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

LONDON (AFP) - Hans Blix, the former chief UN weapons inspector, slammed the Iraq war as a "tragedy" and blamed it on leaders ignoring the facts, in a comment piece published Thursday.

Writing in The Guardian on the five-year anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq, Blix, who clashed with Washington in the run-up to the Iraq war, described the war as "a tragedy -- for Iraq, for the US, for the UN, for truth and human dignity."

In the sub-headline to the comment piece, Blix, who headed the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission, wrote that responsibility for the war "must lie with those who ignored the facts five years ago".

At the time of the Iraq war, Blix accused the US and Britain of exaggerating the threat from Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's alleged "weapons of mass destruction" -- traces of which have never been found.

In his comment piece, he said the war was a "setback in the world's efforts to develop legal restraints on the use of armed force between states" and added that in 2003, "Iraq was not a real or imminent threat to anybody."

Blix wrote that had coalition troops not deposed Saddam, "he would, in all likelihood, have become another Kadhafi or Castro; an oppressor of his own people but no longer a threat to the world."

He said that one positive sign to emerge from the conflict was that "it may be that the spectacular failure of ensuring disarmament by force, and of introducing democracy by occupation, will work in favour of a greater use of diplomacy and 'soft power'."


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: blix; iraq; tragedy; weaponsinspector
Blix couldn't find a WMD if ya put it in a suppository and crammed it up his you know what.
1 posted on 03/19/2008 10:18:22 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Blix? Doesn’t this guy realize he is already on the ash heap of history?


2 posted on 03/19/2008 10:20:15 PM PDT by baa39 (Defend our troops! see my profile page)
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To: NormsRevenge

Any reference to Hans Blix reminds me of his role as shark food in “Team America” - funniest movie ever. Totally gross, outrageously non-PC, and hysterically funny.


3 posted on 03/19/2008 10:25:10 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: NormsRevenge

How much was he paid to look the other way?


4 posted on 03/19/2008 10:26:00 PM PDT by LilAngel (FReeping on a cell phone is like making Christmas dinner in an Easy Bake Oven)
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To: hsalaw

H-erro Hans Brix!

5 posted on 03/19/2008 10:29:19 PM PDT by lmr (The answers to life don't involve complex solutions.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Geez. I thought that this guy would have choked on a poison mushroom by now.


6 posted on 03/19/2008 10:30:35 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer ("Global warming" CAUSES global cooling? Sounds like globaloney to me.)
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To: NormsRevenge; aculeus; Billthedrill; Constitution Day; Petronski; BlueLancer; Larry Lucido
Blix couldn't find a WMD if ya put it in a suppository and crammed it up his you know what.

A bald assertion and nothing more! I demand proof.

;-)

7 posted on 03/19/2008 10:31:20 PM PDT by dighton
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To: NormsRevenge
an oppressor of his own people but no longer a threat to the world

And if there's one thing the U.N. has no qualms with, it's oppressing your own people.

8 posted on 03/19/2008 10:40:53 PM PDT by eclecticEel (oh well, Hunter 2012 anyone?)
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To: NormsRevenge
“he would, in all likelihood, have become another Kadhafi or Castro; an oppressor of his own people but no longer a threat to the world.”

Talk about ignoring facts!! Saddam was already an accomplished oppressor and was actively involved in paying off terrorist attacks on Israel.
9 posted on 03/19/2008 10:56:22 PM PDT by crazyhorse691 (The faithful will keep their heads down, their powder dry and hammer at the enemies flanks.)
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To: NormsRevenge

The true tragedy is that this particular piece of idiot (Blix) is still drawing breath.

Enemy propagandists are a legit target in a shooting war.


10 posted on 03/19/2008 10:57:34 PM PDT by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: NormsRevenge
Blix couldn't find a WMD if ya put it in a suppository and crammed it up his you know what.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but Blix found no WMD, nor did David Kay, nor did Dulfer. So why is Blix the doofus, when our own teams found nothing remarkably different?
11 posted on 03/19/2008 11:01:07 PM PDT by LanaTurnerOverdrive
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To: NormsRevenge

Hans Brix?? He got fed to the sharks. I saw it.


12 posted on 03/19/2008 11:06:16 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: LanaTurnerOverdrive

What do you think was in those trucks that went to Syria, sand?


13 posted on 03/19/2008 11:07:20 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: LanaTurnerOverdrive

well, aren’t you quite the analytical one and contrarian?

I guess what was moved out of country shouldn’t count and any remnants of shells etc since found that contained substances that are hardly everyday household substances don’t count. technically his job was already compromised but his opinion was allowed to stand.

No surprise you would post as you did here, it is your pattern, after all, being a keen observer and cynic.


14 posted on 03/19/2008 11:10:28 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: ozzymandus

I think we should know by now. Five years later the blame goes all the way to the top. Let’s not forget....Blix was long gone when the last reported shipment left just before the invasion.


15 posted on 03/19/2008 11:10:39 PM PDT by LanaTurnerOverdrive
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To: NormsRevenge
being a keen observer and cynic.

Right on both accounts.
16 posted on 03/19/2008 11:12:46 PM PDT by LanaTurnerOverdrive
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To: NormsRevenge

It was drooling socialist retards like Hans Blix that made the war increasingly likely as they coddled Saddam and enabled endless charades....... if we could have had any confidence that the UN inspections process would actually be pursued vigorously and relentlessly backed by threat of military force then we might have been able to let it continue. But Saddam played Blix like a socialist fiddle and the USA could have no reliance upon such a simpering idiot.


17 posted on 03/19/2008 11:13:33 PM PDT by Enchante (Obama: My Honky Grandma Is a Closet Racist but My "Uncle Jeremiah" Is Just a Bit Angry)
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To: LanaTurnerOverdrive

remember
Anfal?


18 posted on 03/19/2008 11:15:35 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: LanaTurnerOverdrive

Oh, and I wasn’t trying to flatter you, btw.. wouldn’t want you to get the wrong impression.


19 posted on 03/19/2008 11:16:44 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: NormsRevenge

Throw that worthless fool in a shark tank where he belongs.


20 posted on 03/19/2008 11:23:03 PM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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Folks , you’ll see a lot of reverse spin applied by some here, not sure what there motivation or agenda is,, but it is clear, no matter the quantity or mechanism used or timeframe involved, some bad things were brewed and used and likely would be again .. but some will only believe something when they breath and taste it themselves.

I say, be my guest.. and feel fortunate it didn’t pop up on our shores.


21 posted on 03/19/2008 11:23:23 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: NormsRevenge
remember Anfal?

As a matter of fact I do. Was that slaughter due to bumbling old Hanz Blix? Please reference the Kay and Dulfer reports, and stop wasting my time.
22 posted on 03/19/2008 11:24:08 PM PDT by LanaTurnerOverdrive
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To: NormsRevenge

I thought we were rid of this guy...geez!


23 posted on 03/19/2008 11:24:53 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: LanaTurnerOverdrive

who’s wasting whose time.. lol

You believe everything divulged in times of war? tsk tsk.

my comments about Blix stand.

his efforts were the true waste of time.


24 posted on 03/19/2008 11:25:50 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: LanaTurnerOverdrive
Sen this:

Al Qaeda Document: Zarqawi Came to Iraq Before The War To Prepare The Fight Against U.S
Al Qaeda document | March 16 2008 | jveritas

25 posted on 03/19/2008 11:29:10 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: jveritas

fyi


26 posted on 03/19/2008 11:31:00 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: LanaTurnerOverdrive

Just out of curiosity, why did we invade Iraq anyway, IYHO?

I hate to ask you to post much more, you don’t appear to be a frequent poster per se.. more so an infrequent critic and poster, not that is a bad thing , mind you.


27 posted on 03/19/2008 11:35:44 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: LanaTurnerOverdrive
"I think we should know by now"All for transparency sake, huh? The boobs at State already put Syria "on notice." Considering that the USA has embarked on one of the greatest endeavors not yet fulfilled, you think you are privileged to know something? (BTW, the IAEA says Iraq can produce WMD)
28 posted on 03/19/2008 11:38:50 PM PDT by endthematrix (He was shouting 'Allah!' but I didn't hear that. It just sounded like a lot of crap to me.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Well, where did you come from? Yes, I am quite familiar with you both, and the seemingly desperate attempts of jveritas to justify the WMD claim....even now, after the president himself has repeatedly admitted “there weren’t any” My point is this, then I must go to bed: I do not see a difference between the results from Blix, Dulfer or Kay, yet only Blix gets the Keystone Cop treatment. I am not a fan of Blix, nor do I care one bit for the UN, I just have a deep need for fairness.


29 posted on 03/19/2008 11:39:59 PM PDT by LanaTurnerOverdrive
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To: NormsRevenge

Dual use, Iraqi general officers calling our own commanders during the drive to Baghdad pleading not to be blamed when the gas got released (which they believed with all their hearts was going to happen), the thousands of binary chem delivery artillery shells found, etc etc...

Yeah, it’s all just the usual stupid American tricks. Everybody knows us Americans are just too dumba@@ to have a clue. The French have always said so.

You’ll never find a shortage of folk who live on their knees sucking from the enemy propaganda spigot. Especially in this day and age where it is so trendy and fashionable a thing to do.


30 posted on 03/19/2008 11:41:34 PM PDT by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: LanaTurnerOverdrive

ahhh, fairness.

Yes, Saddam would agree.

Oh wait, he’s dead.

Oh and for what, pray tell?

for using things that didn’t exist.

No, wait, just never found, after the fact.

We want to be fair after all, don’t we?


31 posted on 03/19/2008 11:47:44 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: NormsRevenge

Righton!.....nite!


32 posted on 03/19/2008 11:49:05 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

G’Nite, kind Sir!


33 posted on 03/19/2008 11:50:03 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; NormsRevenge
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_A77N5WKWM

'Nite.
34 posted on 03/19/2008 11:51:21 PM PDT by LanaTurnerOverdrive
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To: hsalaw
Any reference to Hans Blix reminds me of his role as shark food in “Team America” - funniest movie ever. Totally gross, outrageously non-PC, and hysterically funny.

"You're bweaking my bawrs, Hans Brix!"

35 posted on 03/20/2008 12:32:16 AM PDT by Allegra (Posting without being logged on since 2001)
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To: NormsRevenge

Blix should have been swinging from a rope as one of Saddam’s enablers 15 minutes after they cut down the ‘Lion of Baghdad’ from his appointment with the gallows.


36 posted on 03/20/2008 12:39:55 AM PDT by mkjessup (This year's presidential choices: "Speak No Evil, See No Evil, and Evil")
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To: dighton

Please. That image is now in my head for the day!


37 posted on 03/20/2008 1:24:45 AM PDT by Vanders9
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To: LanaTurnerOverdrive
"no wmd"

But traces have been found. Not only that as reported on ABC News in April of 2004, a sarin gas canister was fired at U.S. troops by terrorists. Several of the troops had to be treated for possible contamination. Fortunately the terrorist did not know how to fire it correctly since the shell was a fuel-air mixture type. Where could the shell have come from? Sweden?

38 posted on 03/20/2008 2:33:06 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: crazyhorse691

Saddam was already an accomplished oppressor and was actively involved in paying off terrorist attacks on Israel.

and Saddam fired on US Pilots for 8 years while Mr. Clinton did nothing to protect them.


39 posted on 03/20/2008 2:58:03 AM PDT by Son House (Democrat High Tax Rates Suppress Opportunity and Jobs..)
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To: All
I can't believe this hasn't been said before, "Blix is ignorance." I could not find it with google, at least.

From 1981 to 1997, Mr. Blix headed the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. body responsible for inspecting nuclear sites around the world - including Iraq's - to make sure they are not cranking out atomic bombs. As late as 1990, the same year Iraq invaded Kuwait, Mr. Blix's inspectors rated Iraq's cooperation as "exemplary." But all the while Saddam was running a vast A-bomb program under their very noses. Iraq produced both plutonium and enriched uranium for nuclear weapons in clear violation of the IAEA's rules. Some of the work went on at the same places that were being inspected, and was hidden with the help of an Iraqi official who was himself a former IAEA inspector. (His knowledge of inspection techniques helped dupe his former colleagues). Had the Gulf War not intervened, Iraq might have made its first bomb without anyone being the wiser.

(A WSJ article)

More.. As director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from 1981 to 1997, he was in charge of overseeing inspections of the country's nuclear programme. During that time, the Iraqis managed to hide an advanced nuclear weapons development programme from the IAEA. It was only discovered after the Gulf War in 1991.

40 posted on 03/20/2008 4:36:08 AM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: baa39
Blix? Doesn’t this guy realize he is already on the ash heap of history?

I could have sworn that he was eaten by sharks!

Mark

41 posted on 03/20/2008 5:24:54 AM PDT by MarkL
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To: hsalaw
Oh damn, and I thought that I was being original and witty in my response to #2... Oh well, strike the "original" part!

Mark

42 posted on 03/20/2008 5:26:12 AM PDT by MarkL
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To: LanaTurnerOverdrive

Why should you care about fairness for a man like Blix who hates the USA. He ought to be sent to the afterlife by an undercover agent.


43 posted on 03/20/2008 6:00:55 AM PDT by ohioman
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To: dighton; NormsRevenge; Billthedrill; Constitution Day; Petronski; BlueLancer; Larry Lucido
Blix couldn't find a WMD if ya put it in a suppository and crammed it up his you know what.

Q. What's the Italian word for "suppository".

A. "Innuendo"

(It helps if you say it out loud.)

44 posted on 03/20/2008 7:42:50 AM PDT by aculeus
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