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February 01, 2003

US is misquoting my Iraq report, says Blix

Well, now Bush is an internationally recognized liar . We figured we'd have to factcheck the State of the Union and such, but glad to have Mr. Blix doing so:

In an interview on Wednesday, Dr Blix, the United Nations chief weapons inspector, seemed determined to dispel any impression that his report was intended to support the United States' campaign to build world support for a war to disarm Saddam Hussein.

Dr Blix took issue with what he said were US Secretary of State Colin Powell's claims that the inspectors had found that Iraqi officials were hiding and moving illicit materials within and outside of Iraq to prevent their discovery. He said that the inspectors had reported no such incidents.

Similarly, he said, he had not seen convincing evidence that Iraq was sending weapons scientists to other countries to prevent them from being interviewed.

Nor had he any reason to believe, as President George Bush charged in his State of the Union speech, that Iraqi agents were posing as scientists, or that his inspection agency had been penetrated by Iraqi agents and that sensitive information might have been leaked to Baghdad.

Finally, he said, he had seen no persuasive indications of Iraqi ties to al-Qaeda. "There are other states where there appear to be stronger links," such as Afghanistan, Dr Blix said. "It's bad enough that Iraq may have weapons of mass destruction."

Russia has also denied any knowledge of links between Iraq and al-Qaeda extremists. The Russian Foreign Minister, Igor Ivanov, said on Thursday that "so far, neither Russia nor any other country has information about Iraq's ties with al-Qaeda".

"If we receive such information we will analyse it," he said. "Statements made so far are not backed by concrete documents and concrete facts."

The whole Iraq-Al Qaida "link" is the Gulf of Tonkin lie of our generation, a pure and simple lie to justify war.

Posted by Nathan at February 1, 2003 08:30 AM

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Credibility is a precious commodity in international affairs, and Bush is moronically throwing it away. Even Powell is losing it now. The only way is down.

Posted by: John Isbell at February 4, 2003 04:11 PM

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