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|On September 12, 2002, President Bush spoke at the United Nations and put forth an ultimatum for Saddam Hussein. He warned that "action will be unavoidable" unless Iraq complied with a host of past UN resolutions on weapons inspections, human rights, the repatriation of prisoners of war, and the state sponsorship of terrorism.
On September 17th, Hussein agreed to the unconditional return of weapons inspectors to Iraq. Arab leaders had pressured Iraq heavily to concede to inspections. However, in typical Hussein fashion he tried to put restrictions on what inspectors would be allowed. On November 8, 2002, the UN Security Council unanimously passed an ultimatum to Iraq to accept the return of weapons inspectors unconditionally.
Finally, on November 14, 2002, Saddam bowed to international pressure and agreed to allow the inspectors to return to Iraq. At the same time Iraqi foreign minister, Naji Sabri, vehemently denied that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction "whether nuclear, chemical, or biological". On November 27th weapons inspectors reported that Iraq provided full cooperation.
On December 7th, Iraq delivered a required 12,159 page declaration on Iraq's arms capability. Saddam Hussein again claimed that his regime "retains no weapons of mass destruction". Hussein also issued a surprise apology to Kuwait for his 1990 invasion. Both the US and Britain claimed that they had "solid evidence" that Iraq still had banned weapons systems.
By December 20th the Bush and Blair administrations accused Iraq of being in "material breach" of its UN obligations to fully disclose its weapons arsenal. Colin Powell stated that Saddam had missed his final chance to avert war.
On December 22nd, Iraq accused the Bush administration of lying. "We have told the world we are not producing these kind of weapons, but it seems that the world is drugged, absent, or in a weak position," said President Saddam Hussein. General Amir al-Sadi, the scientific adviser to Hussein, restating the Iraqi position that they had no WMDs, challenged the US and Britain, "We do not even have any objections if the CIA sent somebody with the inspectors to show them the suspected sites." Privately, officials in the British government admitted they had no "killer evidence" about WMDs, or they would have already given it to the inspectors.
On February 14, 2003, British and US intelligence suffered embarrassment. In a report to the UN, both chief UN weapons inspectors called into question Colin Powell's evidence he presented a few days earlier at the UN. Hans Blix challenged satellite photos of a munitions depot that Powell claimed showed decontamination vehicles associated with chemical weapons. Blix said: "The reported movement of munitions at the site could just as easily have been a routine activity as a movement of proscribed munitions in anticipation of imminent inspection." Blix said that the discovery of 2,000 pages of documents at an Iraqi scientist's home contained nothing new and were over 12 years old. An angry Powell claimed that "the threat of force must remain".
February 24th saw Russia join with France and Germany in offering an alternative to war with Iraq. China gave its endorsement also. The plan called for all of Iraq being a no-fly zone with UN peacekeepers controlling the country for several years. Germany would be part of the UN force. All WMDs would be destroyed and Saddam might be able to retain his presidency. It was a step-by-step program for the disarmament of Saddam's regime. The draft resolution stated, "While suspicions remain, no evidence has been given that Iraq still possesses weapons of mass destruction or capabilities in this field."
|Kirt Poovey, former gubernatorial candidate, firefighter, and business owner, is the author of Prophecy - 2024 - which can be purchased at http://www.prophecy2024.com. Also visit http://www.christian-patriots.us Kirt welcomes your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|Previously by this author: It's Time For War!|
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|No Option But War
Kirt Poovey November 18 2003
Last week this column detailed the last minute maneuvering that the Iraqi government made to try to avoid war with the US. Now we will look at proof that the Bush administration did not want to resolve the situation with anything but regime change as this column pointed out March 9th before the war began.