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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-05-07 05:41 PM
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49. Iraq agreed to full and unconditional inspections in Sept 2002...
Edited on Fri Jan-05-07 05:45 PM by mike_c
...a month before the IWR vote. The inspectors were pulled from Iraq in 1998 BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT. They were not kicked out by the Iraqis. The IWR had nothing to do with resumption of inspections, first because Iraq had already disarmed well before 1998 and second because Iraq had already agreed to full resumption of inspections. I should also point out that Iraq had indicated willingness to resume inspections prior to that, but that the U.S. consistently manipulated the negotiations between Baghdad and the Security Council.

The IWR had much more to do with preventing Hans Blix's UNSCOM from certifying Iraq in compliance with the U.N. disarmament mandate. Butler's UNSCOM of the 1990s was politically incapable of doing that, but Blix did not answer to the U.S. and was on the verge of doing the unthinkable-- letting Iraq off the hook before the U.S. achieved regime change.

The only recourse was a war of aggression. That war was a betrayal of America. You call that a "vapid slogan." I call it an historical judgement.
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