Skip to comments.Ex-chief weapons inspector slams Iraq war as 'tragedy' ('Ignorance is Blix' Alert!)
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'."
Blix? Doesn’t this guy realize he is already on the ash heap of history?
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.
How much was he paid to look the other way?
H-erro Hans Brix!
Geez. I thought that this guy would have choked on a poison mushroom by now.
A bald assertion and nothing more! I demand proof.
And if there's one thing the U.N. has no qualms with, it's oppressing your own people.
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.
Hans Brix?? He got fed to the sharks. I saw it.
What do you think was in those trucks that went to Syria, sand?
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.
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.
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.
Oh, and I wasn’t trying to flatter you, btw.. wouldn’t want you to get the wrong impression.
Throw that worthless fool in a shark tank where he belongs.
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.
I thought we were rid of this guy...geez!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
G’Nite, kind Sir!
"You're bweaking my bawrs, Hans Brix!"
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.
Please. That image is now in my head for the day!
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?
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.
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.
I could have sworn that he was eaten by sharks!
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.
Q. What's the Italian word for "suppository".
(It helps if you say it out loud.)
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