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.
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