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Hans Blix: Obama "raises hope" for peaceful Iran solution
swissinfo.ch ^ | January 20, 2009

Posted on 01/21/2009 7:33:02 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe

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 to invade Iraq by finding no evidence of these weapons.

Speaking at the Alpine Symposium in Interlaken on Tuesday, Blix drew parallels between Iraq and the current situation with Iran, which the West has accused of enriching uranium to build nuclear weapons.

Blix said his hopes for a diplomatic solution to the stand-off were raised when Obama replaced former US President George Bush on Tuesday. The Bush administration had refused to enter negotiations with Iran, preferring sanctions and gunboat diplomacy instead, Blix said.

"The biggest difference with Obama coming to power is that he will be more ready to enter into direct talks. We should get a much more creative and positive attitude," he said.

"Bush was the worst for treating people without respect. The policy was that the US was the good guy and they would keep order among the unruly children of the world."

Iraq lessons Blix said his experience of inspecting Iraq for weapons in the 1990s had taught him some valuable lessons about defusing tensions in the region.

"One of my experiences was: don't treat people with contempt, don't humiliate anybody. You do not get much for saying we will not talk to you. You can have diplomatic talks and take strong positions," he said.

The former Swedish foreign minister was also sceptical about the value of the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. Apart from toppling dictator Saddam Hussein, the military has failed, according to Blix.

"The US and allies said they wanted to do away with weapons of mass destruction, but they did not exist. They wanted to stop links with al-Qaeda who were not in Iraq at the time, but have now arrived. They wanted to produce a democracy and they got anarchy," Blix said.

"If you don't have the right diagnosis of a situation, how can you have the right therapy?"

Swiss role Blix appealed for all countries to downscale their stock of nuclear weapons (that he refers to as "toys for big boys"). And he recommended a broader approach to negotiations with Iran that looks at the nuclear capabilities of the whole Middle East region.

Blix added that Switzerland still has a role to play in mediating in the Middle East despite losing much of its influence as a global mediator in recent years.

Switzerland represents US interests in Iran through its embassy in Tehran and is the home of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). But it also produces many experts in the field of tracing weapons.

"When I was working for the IAEA we were frequently in touch with them about technologies that could be used to identify weapons of mass destruction," Blix told swissinfo.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: appeasement; bho44; bhomiddleeast; blix; hansblix; husseinobama; iran; iraq; obarf; weenie
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1 posted on 01/21/2009 7:33:05 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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> Apart from toppling dictator Saddam Hussein, the military has failed, according to Blix.

>”The US and allies said they wanted to do away with weapons of mass destruction, but they did not exist. They wanted to stop links with al-Qaeda who were not in Iraq at the time, but have now arrived. They wanted to produce a democracy and they got anarchy,” Blix said.

Earth to Hans Blix, please come back. It’s 2009, not 2004. This tool is as relevant as Algore.


2 posted on 01/21/2009 7:39:31 PM PST by max americana
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Hey Hans!

STHU!! (wanted to say somethin’ else). You couldn’t find WMD if you were 2 feet away from it.


3 posted on 01/21/2009 7:40:03 PM PST by Huskr4Bush
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To: Tailgunner Joe

The rats are crawling out from under their rocks....


4 posted on 01/21/2009 7:40:24 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Maybe we’ll hear from Scott Ritter pretty soon....


5 posted on 01/21/2009 7:41:32 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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But what do Scott “Burger King” Ritter and Cynthia “SS Minnow” McKinney think of President Obama’s plans for Iran?


6 posted on 01/21/2009 7:42:01 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("Don't confuse what you got a right to do with what's right to do." Bill Bennett)
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To: anniegetyourgun

Beat me by 29 seconds!!


7 posted on 01/21/2009 7:43:05 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("Don't confuse what you got a right to do with what's right to do." Bill Bennett)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

hawnz bwicks?

He’s still alive???


8 posted on 01/21/2009 7:43:38 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: anniegetyourgun

Old joke:

Why did the French line the Champ Elysees with trees?

So the Nazis could march in the shade.

Looks like Hans just wants to make things as comfortable as possible for Islamofascists.


9 posted on 01/21/2009 7:44:00 PM PST by madameguinot (Our Father's God to Thee, Author of Liberty)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Hans Blix? I though Kim Jong Il fed Hans to the sharks...


10 posted on 01/21/2009 7:44:33 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but he will give us the shaft.)
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11 posted on 01/21/2009 7:44:53 PM PST by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
...Oh, Hi Hans!


12 posted on 01/21/2009 7:45:38 PM PST by Starfleet Command
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Blix’s “peaceful Iran solution” is Iran acquiring nuclear weapons.

A bit like the “peaceful German solution” of letting it have neighboring states...

13 posted on 01/21/2009 7:49:53 PM PST by DB
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Hans Blix has obviously taken up crack-smoking since his days of not searching Iraq for weapons.
14 posted on 01/21/2009 7:51:43 PM PST by Hoodat (For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Bkix you clueless, useless asshole-please go Yuck Fouself.


15 posted on 01/21/2009 8:02:27 PM PST by ffusco (Maecilius Fuscus,Governor of Longovicium , Manchester, England. 238-244 AD)
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Once a useful idiot, always a useful idiot...


16 posted on 01/21/2009 8:02:53 PM PST by Zeppo (Save the cheerleader, save the world...)
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The Meister Burger Burger Meister makes an appearance...? He should slither back under the rock from which he came.


17 posted on 01/21/2009 8:12:04 PM PST by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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Time will reveal what a naive fool blix is.


18 posted on 01/21/2009 8:12:51 PM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget (July 4, 2009 see you there))
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Hans Blix, I almost forgot about that clown. Funny how all the past liberal clowns come out of the woodwork when that One is in office one day.

Switzerland represents US interests in Iran through its embassy in Tehran and is the home of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). But it also produces many experts in the field of tracing weapons.

"When I was working for the IAEA we were frequently in touch with them about technologies that could be used to identify weapons of mass destruction," Blix told swissinfo.

Divulge a little classified info while you're at it there Swedish meatball.

19 posted on 01/21/2009 8:19:48 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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20 posted on 01/21/2009 8:19:52 PM PST by HoosierHawk
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