Tuesday, March 25, 2003
Came across this today...

I came across this article today while I was searching for Gulf War I stats and thought it would be interesting to post, in light of what is happening in the world.

Weapons inspector: Stop catering to Baghdad (August 27, 1998)

Scott Ritter on Kofi Annan:

"I view his role as being basically a sounding board for Iraqi beefs with the special commission, and all of these serve nothing more than to distract everybody away from the key issue at hand, which is the disarmament of Iraq," Ritter told CNN.

Scott Ritter on the UNSC and Iraqi compliance:

Ritter also said the Iraqis are "absolutely" aware that they are exploiting the sanctions issue.

"Every time the Security Council moves away from enforcement (of the resolution), it gives the Iraqis more confidence, more belief that continued obstruction by Iraq will only lead to continued moving away from confrontation," he said.

Each boost in Iraqi confidence, Ritter said, creates an even bigger gap in its relationship with the Security Council, and makes it even harder to bring the Iraqis into compliance with the disarmament mandate.

Never mind that Scott Ritter has done a complete 180 since 1998 (I'm not sure how he figures Saddam has had a change in heart since then, or how he figures the WMDs that were there in 1998 have somehow disappeared.) His words then, when the original inspections regime was at a tense crossroads, still ring true today.

So to those who say that the inspections were working, and that the inspections are successful in containment, I suggest you look into the background of this conflict. And go beyond the past year, or even the past five years. And may I suggest picking up a copy of The Threatening Storm, by Kenneth M. Pollack. It's eye opening.

And to those of you who are Bush-haters/Clinton-lovers now disguised as peaceniks (Mr. Ritter??), it was YOUR president, Mr. Clinton, who shifted our policy towards Iraq from containment to regime-change. Mr. Bush is just the one who happens to be walking the talk. It's too bad Mr. Clinton had more pressing things to attend to, such as averting an impeachment and sweeping his misdeeds under the carpet. If he had done his business when he should have, we wouldn't be where we are today.

That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it.

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