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  • Three mystery ships are tracked over suspected 'weapons' cargo

    02/18/2003 4:47:00 PM PST · by knak · 221 replies · 1,419+ views
    Three giant cargo ships are being tracked by US and British intelligence on suspicion that they might be carrying Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Each with a deadweight of 35,000 to 40,000 tonnes, the ships have been sailing around the world's oceans for the past three months while maintaining radio silence in clear violation of international maritime law, say authoritative shipping industry sources. The vessels left port in late November, just a few days after UN weapons inspectors led by Hans Blix began their search for the alleged Iraqi arsenal on their return to the country. Uncovering such a deadly...
  • Hans Blix: Obama "raises hope" for peaceful Iran solution

    01/21/2009 7:33:02 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 22 replies · 488+ views
    swissinfo.ch ^ | January 20, 2009
    The accession of United States President Barack Obama has paved the way to a peaceful Iran solution, according to former United Nations weapons inspector Hans Blix. Blix believes the deadlock between the West and Iran over nuclear capabilities was made worse by the "contempt" shown by the former US administration. He also said that the Iraq war was lost rather than won. Blix rose to prominence in 2000 when he was appointed by the UN to search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) poured cold water on the pretext...
  • 500 years ago, Protestantism became a world power thanks to commanders like these

    09/07/2008 1:11:27 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 32 replies · 691+ views
    09/07/2008 | WesternCulture
    World history, as most Westerners interprets it, very much revolves around nations like France, Russia/Soviet, Britain, Italy and USA. These corners of the Earth, undeniably, have played major roles in the development of mankind. BUT, there seems to be a gap in the historical knowledge of several, otherwise well educated, Westerners concerning what took place during the period of approximately 1620-1720 on European soil. A lot of people seem aware that Britain at that time was not really, yet, the world's leading power and that France, Spain, Austria and Holland excersised much of influence over world affairs. However, during this...
  • Blix:West approach to Iran 'hypocritical'

    05/14/2008 6:55:39 AM PDT · by DrBombbay · 8 replies · 78+ views
    PressTV-Iran ^ | 05/14/08
    Blix: West approach on Iran 'hypocritical' Wed, 14 May 2008 17:53:20 Former UN weapons inspector Hans Blix hammers world powers for their 'hypocritical' approach to the Islamic Republic's nuclear issue. In a recent interview with Channel Four News, Blix said the West's approach to Tehran's nuclear standoff is in marked contrast to that of North Korea. "The North Koreans have been offered guarantees against any attacks from outside, the Iranians have not been offered this as far as we know, nor have they been offered diplomatic relations which the North Koreans have been," said the former IAEA chief. "When you...
  • Ex-chief weapons inspector slams Iraq war as 'tragedy' ('Ignorance is Blix' Alert!)

    03/19/2008 10:18:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 43 replies · 603+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 3/19/08 | AFP
    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...
  • Blix: Iran greater nuclear threat than Iraq was

    11/09/2007 12:14:10 AM PST · by Schnucki · 7 replies · 71+ views
    Mission & Justice ^ | November 8, 2007 | Daniel Flitton
    Former United Nations chief weapons inspector Hans Blix has warned that Iran’s nuclear ambition is more serious than was the case with Iraq in 2003. Dr Blix delivered the Sydney Peace Prize Lecture last night, saying he was still optimistic the international community could escape the threat posed by nuclear weapons.But he said that souring relations between the big world powers could raise long-term military tensions. See: http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/blix-iran-greater-nuclear-threat-than-iraq-was/2007/11/07/1194329319275.html
  • US Eyes Iraq Oil: Blix

    11/07/2007 10:11:13 AM PST · by gandalftb · 42 replies · 129+ views
    IslamOnline.net & ABC Radio National ^ | Wed. Nov. 7, 2007 | staff
    SYDNEY — Former chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix, here to receive the Sydney Peace Prize, believes the US plans to stay long in Iraq to guarantee the flow of oil supplies and to keep a close eye on neighboring Iran."One fear I would have is that the US has a hidden thought to remain in Iraq," Blix told the Australian radio."One reason why they wanted in was that they felt they must leave Saudi Arabia. After the Gulf War in 1991, they left their troops in Saudi Arabia to protect pipelines,". "And when they felt they could no longer...
  • Blix Says Nuclear Threat Remains

    08/06/2007 12:02:21 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 18 replies · 798+ views
    www.sr.se ^ | 08/06/2007 | www.sr.se
    On the 62nd annivesary of the United States using the atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, Swedish diplomat Hans Blix, chairman of the Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction, told Swedish Radio News he believes there is a continued threat that nuclear weapons might be used. Blix says the US, along with Britain, China and Russia, are all developing new nuclear weapons. However Blix also points out that the Unites States is showing a tendency towards diplomatic solutions, citing the American government’s willingness to cooperate more with the United Nations regarding North Korea.
  • American Bar Association Address by Hans Blix

    05/24/2007 9:38:27 AM PDT · by P-40 · 5 replies · 447+ views
    C-SPAN ^ | 5/4/2007 | none
    American Bar Association Address American Bar Association Address by Hans Blix Hans Blix, Weapon of Mass Destruction Commission Chairman, was a luncheon speaker at the annual spring meeting of the American Bar Association Section of International Law. His topics included weapons of mass destruction, the Bush administration, and Iraq. 5/4/2007: WASHINGTON, DC: 47 min.
  • Ex-UN inspector Blix wins peace prize (from the Sydney Peace Foundation)

    05/20/2007 9:30:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 462+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/20/07 | AFP
    SYDNEY (AFP) - Former chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix, who opposed the US-led invasion of Iraq, was named Monday as the winner of the 2007 Sydney Peace Prize. Blix led the hunt for Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction and argued against the 2003 invasion -- which was joined by Australia -- saying the United Nations should be allowed to continue inspections instead. The citation for the 50,000 Australian dollar (41,000 US) award noted his "principled and courageous opposition to proponents of war in Iraq," his life-long advocacy of non-violence and his leadership of disarmament programs. Blix, a Swede,...
  • West 'humiliating' Iran, says Hans Blix

    02/27/2007 12:00:19 AM PST · by Muentzer2005 · 41 replies · 935+ views
    Former chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix said Monday the United States, Europe and the UN Security Council are ''humiliating'' Iran by demanding that it suspend uranium enrichment before any negotiations and then dictating its rewards. 'The first incentive, I think, is to sit down with them in a direct talk rather than saying to them 'you do this, thereafter we will sit down at a table and tell you what you get for it,''' Blix said. ''That's getting away from a humiliating neo-colonial attitude to a more normal (one).'' ''People have their own pride whether you like them or...
  • West 'humiliating' Iran, says Hans Blix

    02/26/2007 3:17:58 PM PST · by Alouette · 82 replies · 1,848+ views
    YNet ^ | Feb. 26, 2007
    Former UN weapons inspector slams US and Europe over 'humiliating neo-colonial' attitude to Iran. 'People have their own pride whether you like them or don't,' he adds, urging use of economic incentives for better diplomacy Associated Press Published: 02.26.07, 23:29 / Israel News Former chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix said Monday the United States, Europe and the UN Security Council are ''humiliating'' Iran by demanding that it suspend uranium enrichment before any negotiations and then dictating its rewards. He said the package of economic and political incentives put forward in June 2006 by the US and key European countries,...
  • Global warming more dangerous than nuclear weapons: Blix

    01/25/2007 10:31:10 AM PST · by cogitator · 55 replies · 1,072+ views
    SpaceDaily ^ | 1/25/2007 | AFP
    Before attacking me, read the entire article and my comments on it. Before starting to read the article, read the sentence above.Former UN weapons inspector Hans Blix warned on Thursday that global warming was a greater threat than weapons of mass destruction, and advocated promoting peaceful nuclear technology around the world. "The threat against the global environment and global warming are a greater threat than weapons of mass destruction," he told journalists on the final day of a visit to Egypt promoting his commission's report on reducing weapons of mass destruction worldwide. "It is of utmost imperative that the whole...
  • Swedish researchers claim to have found proscribed weapons in Iraq

    08/03/2003 6:16:19 AM PDT · by visagoth · 85 replies · 1,458+ views
    Instapundit ^ | Expressen
    Swedish researchers claim to have found proscribed weapons in Iraq A group of Swedish researchers, travelling to Iraq without the knowledge of the Swedish government, is announcing that they have found missiles for weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in a house in Baghdad. The finds will be presented in a forthcoming production by World Television Network (WTN). The information supposedly came to Swedish WTN reporter Maria Wera Cedrell, who has worked in Iraq for 15 years, through an Iraqi scientist. She was assisted by former arms inspector and WMD expert Åke Sellström from Swedish Defence Research Agency (Totalförsvarets forskningsinstitut, FOI)....
  • Iraq better off under Saddam, says Blix

    10/27/2006 6:46:30 AM PDT · by Tulsa Ramjet · 80 replies · 1,639+ views
    The Mercury ^ | October 26 2006 at 07:53AM | AP
    Former United Nations chief weapons inspector Hans Blix on Wednesday described the United States-led invasion of Iraq as a "pure failure" that had left the country worse off than under the rule of Saddam Hussein. In unusually harsh comments to Danish newspaper Politiken, the diplomatic Swede said the US government had ended up in a situation in which neither staying nor leaving Iraq were good options. "Iraq is a pure failure," Blix was quoted as saying. "If the Americans pull out, there is a risk that they will leave a country in civil war. At the same time, it doesn't...
  • Iraqis better off under Saddam, says former weapons inspector (guess who?)

    10/25/2006 8:25:46 AM PDT · by pissant · 41 replies · 786+ views
    CBC ^ | 10/25/06 | staff
    The war in Iraq is a "pure failure" that has left Iraqis in a worse state than when they lived under Saddam Hussein, former United Nations chief weapons inspector Hans Blix said in comments published Wednesday. "Iraq is a pure failure," Blix was quoted as saying in the Danish newspaper Politiken. "If the Americans pull out, there is a risk that they will leave a country in civil war. At the same time it doesn't seem that the United States can help to stabilize the situation by staying there." Blix, in comments that were seen as unusually critical for the...
  • Hans Blix warns tough-line stance against N. Korea could lead to escalation (BARF ALERT)

    10/18/2006 9:26:59 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 41 replies · 828+ views
    The International Herald Tribune ^ | October 18, 2006 | Staff
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden A tough-line stance against North Korea in wake of its nuclear weapons test could lead to an armed response from Pyongyang, former U.N. chief weapons inspector Hans Blix said Wednesday.In an interview with Swedish Radio, Blix said sanctions and threats of military attacks against North Korea was likely to lead to further escalation instead of a diplomatic solution. "If you look at North Korea's previous reactions when they have been exposed to threats, things have usually escalated," Blix said. "It is a dangerous situation." Blix also warned against pressuring China to stop and search North Korean ships for...
  • Former UN inspector: Iran may have bomb by 2010 (Hans Blix)

    06/19/2006 4:15:57 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 14 replies · 312+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | June 19, 2006 | Associated Press
    The former UN chief weapons inspector said Iran will be able to produce a nuclear bomb within five years if it is allowed to enrich uranium on an industrial scale. "It is a matter of will," Hans Blix told The Associated Press, adding that while Iranian leaders now say they have no desire to build atomic arms and want UN inspectors to oversee their facilities, "they might change their mind."
  • Terror Links to Saddam's Inner Circle (newly revealed document)

    06/11/2006 6:48:24 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 117 replies · 5,907+ views
    FoxNews ^ | June 11, 2006 | Ray Robison
    What was the relationship between Saddam Hussein's inner circle and Islamic terrorists? A newly released document captured in Iraq, but never before seen by the public, offers glimmers of new insight at the Pentagon's Foreign Military Studies Office Web site. The FMSO is a research and analysis center under the U.S. Army's Training and Doctrine Command. This particular document mentions two men with similar names, each with ties to Pakistani religious schools known as madrassas, Jihad training camps, the Taliban and Al Qaeda. This original translation by my translator-colleague, who goes by the nom de guerre of "Sammi," comes from...
  • Blix warns of WMD vicious circle (The US must abandon its "war on terror" --Hans says)

    06/02/2006 7:46:01 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 77 replies · 1,790+ views
    UK Guardian ^ | June 2, 2006 | David Batty
    The US must abandon its "war on terror" to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, according to the former United Nations' chief weapons inspector, Hans Blix. The US foreign policy of pre-emptive strikes against any perceived weapons of mass destruction (WMD) threat, its development of new types of nuclear weapons and the "Star Wars" missile defence shield risked fuelling a new global arms race, said Dr Blix. Dr Blix's warning came in a report, released yesterday, proposing ways to bring about global nuclear, biological and chemical disarmament. The report by the independent international Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission...
  • Blix condemns 'militaristic' US

    06/01/2006 11:16:08 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 34 replies · 760+ views
    Aljazeera ^ | June 1 2006
    A former UN weapons inspector has urged Iran and Israel to end their nuclear activities and criticised the US for seeking militaristic remedies to disagreements. The recommendation was one of 60 put forward in a report prepared by the 14-member Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission, an initiative of the Swedish government set up in 2003. Hans Blix, who led the UN search for chemical, biological and nuclear weapons in Iraq before the US-led invasion, presented the report to Kofi Annan, the UN secretary-general. Blix said that the US had "looked more to its own military power for remedies" instead of...
  • Blix Believed Iraq Dossier Was 'Understated'

    10/13/2004 12:03:55 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 10 replies · 727+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | October 12, 2004 | Gavin Cordon
    Former UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix believed the Government’s controversial Iraq weapons dossier actually understated the case against Saddam Hussein, according to documents released today by the Foreign Office. The papers released by the FO show that British officials at the United Nations in New York showed a draft of the dossier to Dr Blix in September 2002, two weeks before the final version was published. A note from one official, Adam Bye, said that Dr Blix had liked the section on chemical, biological and nuclear weapons as he believed that it did not exaggerate the facts. According to...
  • Blix: Iran years away from nuke weapons

    06/23/2005 12:36:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 705+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/23/05 | AP - Stockholm
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) - Former chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix said Thursday it would take many years for Iran to achieve the capability to produce highly enriched uranium needed for an atomic bomb. Blix also dismissed worries about a new nuclear reactor being built in Iran, saying it was not suitable to produce weapons-grade material. "They have many years to go before they will be able to produce highly enriched uranium for a bomb and I believe there is plenty of room for negotiations," Blix said in an interview with Swedish Radio. The U.S. has accused Iran of trying...
  • Nothing to gain from taking Iran to UN: Blix (Blix: Spokeman for Eurabian Appeasement)

    05/13/2005 3:29:55 PM PDT · by Cornpone · 14 replies · 358+ views
    Tehran Times ^ | 14 May 2005 | Tehran Times
    LONDON (IRNA) -- Former International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director general Hans Blix has expressed doubt if anything would be achieved by referring Iran to the UN if it restarted its nuclear fuel cycle program, suggesting it could prove to be counterproductive. "I am not sure much will be gained from taking to the Security Council, except more escalation and getting into more dangerous situation," Blix said. "I hope there will be a continuation of negotiations" between the EU and Iran in trying to reach long-term arrangements on its nuclear program, he said, believing that it was not too late...
  • Blix proposes compromise on Iranian enrichment

    05/10/2005 11:07:54 AM PDT · by MikeJ75 · 18 replies · 525+ views
    Reuters, via Yahoo! News ^ | May 10, 2005 | Irwin Arieff
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Former U.N. chief arms inspector Hans Blix urged Iran and Israel on Monday to support a ban on nuclear enrichment across the Middle East as a possible compromise on curbing Tehran's nuclear ambitions. Making the Middle East an enrichment-free zone would be in the interests of both Iran and Israel, Blix told a news conference on the sidelines of a month-long meeting of the 188 signatories of the 1970 nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. "I think Israel is extremely interested in having Iran refrain from moving on" to resuming enrichment activities, Blix said. "I'm surprised the idea has...
  • Blix criticizes U.S. nuke policy, Bolton

    05/10/2005 9:21:49 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 709+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/10/05 | Charles J. Hanley - AP
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Washington isn't taking "the common bargain" of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty as seriously as it once did, and that's dimming global support for the U.S. campaign to shut down the North Korean and Iranian nuclear programs, the former chief U.N. weapons inspector said. Undersecretary of State John R. Bolton, by questioning the value of treaties and international law, has also damaged the U.S. position, Hans Blix said. "There is a feeling the common edifice of the international community is being dismantled," the Swedish arms expert said. Blix, now chairman of the Swedish government-sponsored Weapons of Mass...
  • Anthrax dumped near Saddam palace

    03/29/2005 1:00:58 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 13 replies · 1,234+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, March 29, 2005 | By Charles J. Hanley
    ASSOCIATED PRESS An Iraqi scientist has told U.S. interrogators that her team destroyed Iraq's stock of anthrax in 1991 by dumping it practically at the gates of one of Saddam's main palaces, but never told U.N. inspectors for fear of angering the dictator. Rihab Rashid Taha's decision in 2003 to remain silent stoked suspicions of those who contended Iraq still harbored biological weapons, contributing to the U.S. decision to invade Iraq two years ago this month. "Whether those involved understood the significance and disastrous consequences of their actions is unclear," the CIA-led Iraq Survey Group says of Mrs. Taha and...
  • CARTOONS: We Are The World?

    03/16/2005 6:57:04 PM PST · by opineapple · 4 replies · 940+ views
  • Ex-weapons inspector in Berkshires (Hans Blix speaks)

    03/11/2005 6:54:54 PM PST · by Shermy · 14 replies · 967+ views
    Berkshire Eagle ^ | March 8, 2005 | Derek Gentile
    GREAT BARRINGTON -- Former U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix said last night that the world may see peace before it sees a warming in the relationship between the United Nations and the United States. "I'm optimistic for peace in the long run," he said. "There has been tremendous change in the world." But as for the relationship between his organization and the country in which it is located, "well, it couldn't get any worse," Blix said. "There are some people in the United States who would like to see [the United Nations] slide down into the East River." Blix was...
  • Hidden Paul Martin firm linking leftwing activists to Information Highway

    02/03/2005 7:45:37 AM PST · by UpHereEh · 7 replies · 652+ views
    http://www.canadafreepress.com/2005/cover020305.htm ^ | February 3, 2005 | Judi McLeod & David Hawkins
    Move over Teresa Heinz-Kerry, here comes Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin. Lansdowne Technologies Inc. (LTI), the Paul Martin corporation that somehow disappeared from Martin's public disclosure statements circa 1995, is in a business similar to the Heinz-Kerry charitable organization that links leftwing activists and UN radicals to specially designed Internet communications and virtual private networks. Between the woman who coveted being America's First Lady and the Prime Minister of the country next door, top advocates of One World Government are being expedited in droves onto the Information Highway. Through the Tides Foundation, back in the early 1990s Heinz-Kerry (Mrs. John...
  • The Only Radio Show That Matters (RUSH LIMBAUGH IS FED UP WITH HOLIER-THAN-THOU MUSLIM GURUS)

    04/22/2003 9:10:52 PM PDT · by TLBSHOW · 40 replies · 247+ views
    rushlimbaugh ^ | 4/22/2003 | rushlimbaugh
    “Saddam Hussein has killed more Muslims than anybody, and Muslims kill each other faster than anybody else kills them. We try to save them and get preached to and blamed by these holier-than-thou gurus. I'm fed up with it.” AND OTHER GREAT RUSH QUOTES:THIS WEEK “We are in the midst of Marta birthweek, but Tuesday is her actual birthday.” “The oil-for-food program is designed to aid the starving, suffering Iraqis. Instead, what we have is a cash cow administered solely by Kofi Annan and the UN.” “The left is built around people who do not want solutions to the problems...
  • U.N. Correspondents Give "Citizen of the World" Awards to Blix, Brahimi, Kidman [BARF]

    12/04/2004 8:04:37 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies · 301+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 12-04-04 1048EST | Associated Press
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The United Nations Correspondents Association gave its second annual "Citizen of the World" awards to former U.N. weapons chief Hans Blix, top U.N. troubleshooter Lakhdar Brahimi and actress Nicole Kidman, who is a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. Children's Fund in Australia. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who presented the awards at a black-tie dinner at U.N. headquarters Friday night, joked about calls for his resignation over allegations of corruption in the U.N. oil-for-food program in Iraq. "Tonight, I have resigned myself," he said, pausing for several moments before adding, "to having a good time." Annan made...
  • The Hunt Is on for Saddam's Weapons

    05/01/2003 1:11:26 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies · 403+ views
    Insight ^ | April 30, 2003 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    Liberals on Capitol Hill and in the media are screaming, "Where are the weapons?" Since the White House had argued that disarming Saddam was the main reason for going to war, not finding his forbidden weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) all lined up like prizes at a seaside shooting gallery has excited the president's political enemies to cry foul. Ewan Buchanan, spokesman for chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix, assures Insight that "it's far too early to tell" whether forbidden weapons remain in Iraq or where they might be. "It doesn't surprise me that U.S. forces haven't found anything yet....
  • "32 Tons of HMX Missing in January 2003": Mohammed Elbaradei

    10/27/2004 1:28:58 PM PDT · by Prince Charles · 19 replies · 1,122+ views
    Lexis-Nexis | 2003 | Various
    Copyright 2003 CanWest Interactive, a division of CanWest Global Communications Corp. All Rights Reserved The Gazette (Montreal, Quebec) January 10, 2003 Friday Final Edition SECTION: News; Pg. A4 LENGTH: 794 words HEADLINE: UN inspectors find no 'smoking gun': Diplomats back off on war deadline. Blix charges Iraq with violating sanctions against importation of missile engines SOURCE: Southam News; The Gazette contributed to this report BYLINE: JOE LAURIA, SEAN GORDON of The Gazette contributed to this report DATELINE: UNITED NATIONS [SNIP] Also, Mohammed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said Iraq had not accounted for a quantity of HMX...
  • Hans Blix Urges Concessions to Tehran (Non-Aggression Pact)

    10/26/2004 8:16:57 AM PDT · by gopwinsin04 · 14 replies · 664+ views
    Former United Nations weapons inspector Hans Bliz yesterday urged Western nations to offer conscessions to Iran if they want the government there to scrap uranium enrichment, Blix said.Iran has every right to conduct and enrichment programme, Blix said. Blix said concessions to persuade Tehran might also include improved trade relations or a non-agression pact, he added.If Western nations asked Iran to abandon enrichment, Blix said, 'Then you are asking them to give up something they have a right to be doing. Then you have to accept that they will make demands.'Blix warned against air attacks on Iran's nuclear facilities and...
  • Babies found in Iraqi mass grave

    10/12/2004 11:58:57 PM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 8 replies · 638+ views
    BBC ^ | 13 October, 2004, 04:12 GMT 05:12 UK | BBC
    A mass grave being excavated in a north Iraqi village has yielded evidence that Iraqi forces executed women and children under Saddam Hussein. US-led investigators have located nine trenches in Hatra containing hundreds of bodies believed to be Kurds killed during the repression of the 1980s. The skeletons of unborn babies and toddlers clutching toys are being unearthed, the investigators said. They are seeking evidence to try Saddam Hussein for crimes against humanity. It is believed to be the first time investigators working for the Iraqi Special Tribunal (IST) have conducted a full scientific exhumation of a mass grave. "It...
  • AMIR TAHERI: LAWYERS, SPOOKS & POLITICIANS (Iraq, UN)

    10/08/2004 6:05:44 AM PDT · by OESY · 4 replies · 243+ views
    New York Post ^ | October 8, 2004 | AMIR TAHERI
    ...The pro-Saddam lobby claims that the policy of containment had worked, and should have been continued ad infinitum. But the truth is that, as far as Iraq's various obligations under Security Council resolutions were concerned, containment had failed, and the sanctions had begun to crumble. Even on WMDs it had not worked because Saddam had kicked U.N. inspectors out four years earlier. ...America and its allies could have kept 200,000 soldiers in the Arabian desert for an indefinite number of years as a stick with which to persuade Saddam not to restart WMD programs. Yet then Saddam, assured of survival,...
  • Iraq : Former Iraqi Oil Minister Surrenders (ranks No. 47)

    04/29/2003 2:47:07 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies · 392+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 04/29/03 | NIKO PRICE
    Former Iraqi Oil Minister Surrenders 16 minutes ago By NIKO PRICE, Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq - Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s former oil minister, a trusted adviser who earlier oversaw Iraq (news - web sites)'s top-secret missile programs, has surrendered to U.S.-led forces, the U.S. Central Command said Tuesday. AP Photo (AP Video) Latest news: · U.S. Soldiers Fire at Iraqi Protesters AP - 6 minutes ago · Former Iraqi Oil Minister Surrenders AP - 16 minutes ago · Last Soldier Missing in Iraq Found Dead AP - 27 minutes ago Special Coverage   Amer Mohammed Rashid, known...
  • Clinton would have believed Blix over U.S. intelligence about WMDs

    08/05/2004 9:37:23 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 12 replies · 323+ views
    TORONTO - Former U.S. president Bill Clinton said Thursday he would have taken the word of UN weapons inspector Hans Blix over his own intelligence agencies if Blix had found no evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. "Yeah, I would have. It's not a question of believing him over the intelligence agencies but the intelligence was ambiguous on the point really," Clinton said in an interview with CBC's The National. "I certainly would have believed it enough to put [the war] off and try to build more support," he said, referring to getting more support from the...
  • Clinton on German TV: "It was a mistake for us to attack Iraq"

    07/12/2004 3:30:42 AM PDT · by longjack · 40 replies · 1,209+ views
    Spiegel-Online ^ | July 11, 2004 | Spiegel-Online
    CLINTON IN BERLIN "It was a mistake for us to attack Iraq" Berlin was in Clinton fever over the weekend. The former U.S. president Bill Clinton stayed in the capital to deliver his autobiography to readers. On the TV show "Sabine Christiansen", he also sharply criticized the government of his successor, George W. Bush. DDP Welcome Guest in Berlin: Ex-President Clinton Berlin - It was a mistake for us to attack Iraq before (UN head weapons inspector) Hans Blix had finished his work", Clinton said on the ARD program last night. There hadn't been any definite proof that the regime...
  • Blixful Amnesia

    07/10/2004 6:45:32 AM PDT · by kellynla · 4 replies · 647+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 7/9/2004 | Charles Krauthammer
    Thank God for Hans Blix. Whenever we become lax and forgetful about how the world changed on Sept. 11, former chief inspector Blix is there to make the case for mindless complacency. In a recent speech in Vienna he warned that one should be wary of the claim that "the risk that reckless groups and governments might acquire weapons of mass destruction is the greatest problem facing our world today." Why? Because "to hundreds of millions of people around the world, the big existential issue is hunger, and also that wherever you live on this planet, the risk of global...
  • Mindless complacency

    07/08/2004 10:45:26 PM PDT · by kattracks · 1 replies · 214+ views
    townhall.com ^ | 7/09/04 | Charles Krauthammer
    WASHINGTON -- Thank God for Hans Blix. Whenever we become lax and forgetful about how the world changed on 9/11, former chief inspector Blix is there to make the case for mindless complacency. In a recent speech in Vienna he warned that one should be wary of the claim that ``the risk that reckless groups and governments might acquire weapons of mass destruction is the greatest problem facing our world today.'' Why? Because ``to hundreds of millions of people around the world, the big existential issue is hunger, and also that wherever you live on this planet, the risk of...
  • Sabertooth on Hewitt now

    07/01/2004 4:59:09 PM PDT · by coloradomomba · 60 replies · 332+ views
    7-1-2004 | Coloradomomba
    Great job as usual Sabertooth...quick effective and to the point..How did all those officials miss the newly found WMDS?
  • BOTW: The Saddam Torture Video (About 2/3 down the page -- WARNING GRAPHIC VIDEO)

    06/21/2004 7:29:22 PM PDT · by mhking · 37 replies · 24,013+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 6.21.04 | James Taranto
    Several readers responded to our Wednesday item on the Saddam torture video by asking where to find it. The American Enterprise Institute has links on this page. AEI warns that the video is "very graphic" and "not suitable for children." We've seen part of it, and we're not sure it's suitable for anyone, so proceed at your own risk.
  • Blix's Endorsement: Another foreign leader for Kerry

    05/30/2004 3:24:23 AM PDT · by pookie18 · 46 replies · 178+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 5/30/04 | editorial
    Hans Blix has never made a secret of his opposition to the war in Iraq, but recently the former chief U.N. weapons inspector and Swedish diplomat has dropped all pretense of, well, diplomacy. His frequent public statements are confirming that the Bush Administration was right to suspect that he was so opposed to the war that he'd have given Saddam Hussein the benefit of every doubt and more in order to prevent it. Mr. Blix told a Danish newspaper last month that Iraqis have suffered more from the war than they did under the reign of Saddam Hussein. In a...
  • Sarin Shell 'Probably A Stray' - Blix

    05/18/2004 1:44:49 PM PDT · by ambrose · 77 replies · 197+ views
    Scotsman ^ | 5.18.04
    9:47am (UK) Sarin Shell 'Probably A Stray' - Blix Former chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix said today that a shell containing sarin nerve gas used in an attack in Iraq was probably a stray weapon that could have been dated from the first Gulf War. Blix said the discovery of the nerve agent was not a sign that Saddam Hussein's regime possessed weapons of mass destruction before the war last year. The US-led coalition used that claim to justify the invasion even though UN inspectors failed to make any significant finds before the war. The former Swedish foreign minister...
  • Iraqi Nerve Gas, WMD Find Blows Away Pundits

    05/17/2004 3:01:20 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 89 replies · 2,119+ views
    newsmax.com ^ | May 17, 2004 | Charles R. Smith
    The discovery of an Iraqi artillery shell armed with nerve gas has the liberal community and mass media in a panic. The 155mm nerve gas shell was rigged to kill U.S. troops but it failed. U.S. Brig. General Mark Kimmitt confirmed the discovery during a news conference in Baghdad. Yet, the discovery of nerve gas was followed by a second revelation. A second shell, equipped with mustard gas was found two weeks ago. The mustard gas shell identified by the special WMD inspection team in Iraq appears to be one of 550 declared by Saddam to U.N. inspectors during the...
  • Sarin not evidence of WMD: Blix

    05/17/2004 8:20:19 PM PDT · by yatros from flatwater · 184 replies · 578+ views
    Melbourne Herald Sun ^ | 18 May, 2004 | Matt Moore
    FORMER chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix said that a shell containing sarin nerve gas used in an attack in Iraq was most likely a stray weapon possibly from the first Gulf War. Blix said today that the discovery of the nerve agent was not a sign that Saddam Hussein's regime possessed weapons of mass destruction before the war last year. The US-led coalition used that claim to justify the invasion even though UN inspectors failed to make any significant finds before the war. The former Swedish foreign minister said the 155-mm shell used to attack a US military...
  • Blix wants more information about sarin-filled roadside bomb

    05/17/2004 3:51:52 PM PDT · by ambrose · 78 replies · 162+ views
    AP ^ | 5.17.04
    Blix wants more information about sarin-filled roadside bomb Stockholm, Sweden-AP -- He wants to know more. Former U-N weapons inspector Hans Blix is taking a wait-and-see approach, after news that a roadside bomb containing sarin exploded in Iraq. Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt says the explosion occurred a couple of days ago. And he said he believes the insurgents who set the bomb didn't know it contained sarin.But Blix says it's too soon to determine if the shell was from the past or part of a stockpile of weapons of mass destruction.Blix reported before the beginning of the war in Iraq...
  • Blix: Sarin gas used in Iraq attack not likely sign of WMDs... (Drudge)

    05/17/2004 11:12:42 AM PDT · by The South Texan · 142 replies · 190+ views
    Drudge Report | 5/17/04 | Drudge
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