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    Published on Thursday, October 28, 2004 by CommonDreams.org

    The Iraq Inspections Worked, Lies Have Consequences
    by Jonathan Granoff

    The inspection disarmament efforts through the UN system worked in Iraq. The invasion was not necessary. Billions of dollars have been squandered, thousands of lives and limbs lost, and the people of Iraq live in increasing poverty and insecurity. Did this happen because important facts were ignored?
    With the release of the Iraq Survey Group (ISG) report by Charles Duelfer on October 6, 2004, it is clear that the following statements by the Bush Administration have proven to be false:


    “Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.” - Dick Cheney, speech to VFW National Convention, Aug. 26, 2002

    “We know for a fact that there are weapons there.” - White House spokesman Ari Fleischer, press briefing, Jan. 9, 2003

    “Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised.” - George W. Bush, address to the U.S., March 17, 2003

    “Well, there is no question that we have evidence and information that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, biological and chemical particularly…..All this will be made clear in the course of the operation, for whatever duration it takes.” - White House spokesman Ari Fleisher, press briefing, March 21, 2003

    “We know where they are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south, and north somewhat.” - Donald Rumsfeld, ABC interview, March 30, 2003

    “You remember when Colin Powell stood up in front of the world, and he said Iraq has got laboratories, mobile labs to build biological weapons....They're illegal. They're against the United Nations resolutions, and we've so far discovered two. And we'll find more weapons as time goes on. But for those who say we haven't found the banned manufacturing devices or banned weapons, they're wrong. We found them.” - George W. Bush, remarks to reporters, May 31, 2003

    The reason these statements were not true was because the international legally mandated inspection and disarmament efforts of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) and the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM), backed by the UN system and U.S. commitments, worked effectively

    From 1991 to 1998, the UN Special Commission (UNSCOM) substantially identified and dismantled Iraq weapons capacities. In conjunction with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it conducted hundreds of inspection missions at weapons sites and documentation centers, systematically uncovering and eliminating Iraq's nuclear weapons program and most of its chemical, biological, and ballistic missile systems. Then, from November 2002 until March 2003, there were 237 missions to 148 sites in which the UN Monitoring, Verification, and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) confirmed the depleted state of Iraq's capabilities. As former chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix wrote in his recent book, "the UN and the world had succeeded in disarming Iraq without knowing it."

    Let me be very clear: the Treaty of the UN Charter which defines how nations are to work together toward collective security worked. The inspection disarmament efforts in Iraq reinforced the nonproliferation and disarmament norms set forth in the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Without these standards, which degrade the value of weapons of mass destruction and in fact drive international efforts towards their universal elimination, the legal, moral and political basis for constraining and disarming Iraq would have been flawed. It was correct to disarm Iraq. It was incorrect to invade it.

    The use of force where it was not required must be condemned. We simply must find our way back to honesty, equity and law. The unnecessary invasion of Iraq by U.S. and coalition forces has reaped destruction on the fabric of Iraqi society, the trust of the U.S. citizenry and the international community in the integrity of the U.S. government, and, most serious of all, the stability of international security based on the guidepost of the rule of international law.

    The NPT will be reviewed in May of 2005. Diminished confidence in US integrity has caused many countries to doubt the sincerity of commitments for the global elimination of nuclear weapons, a core bargain of the Treaty. Over 180 countries have refrained from developing these devices based on this pledge. The consequence of a corroded NPT is dozens of nuclear weapons states and a diminished collective security regime. We are in a race against time to get back on track. If we do not restore confidence in the rule of law and collective security, the cohesion of the Treaty will collapse and proliferation will be far more difficult to constrain.

    In a world where terrorists seek the ultimate weapon and where they believe that law and secular morality hold no legitimacy to guide their actions, the prospect of the spread of nuclear weapons must wake us all up. We are not in a Cold War. We are in a cold sweat.

    Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute and CoChair of the American Bar Association Committee on Arms Control and National Security http://www.gsinstitute.org


    If shrub and Co. didn't lie it means that they're just inept and unfit for command. Boot out the shrub all the way back to Crawford on Nov 2.


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    Are you capable of posting something without lies and misrepresentations so bad it makes the author out to be as foolish as you for even posting it?

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    motorboy1 seems to only be able to post and run.

    I think he is a lib plant, you know those who post deceptive attacks then hide from the truth...


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    He's jankin' y'all!

    mama's-boy and roy are actually dyed-in-the-wool Republicans, secretly volunteering their time for the GOP. They come here disguised as dumocraps and post like they do in an effort to use reverse-psychology to rally the undecided to vote FOR President Bush.

    Their reasoning is by endlessly spewing anti-bush mumbo jumbo, disrespecting the President with the term "shrub" and constantly complaining about all of Bush's "failures" WITHOUT presenting any solutions (only, "I'll do better"...), undecided voters will realize that the dems really are full of it and vote to re-elect the president.

    And guess what - IT'S WORKING!

    Thanks, guys!


    EDIT - Oops - sorry johnl, forgot to add you to the list with mama & royc, above. Thanks Again!

    [Edited by spike on 10-29-2004 at 11:41 AM]

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    all liberals have it- cephaloanal disease !!!

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    Re: He's jankin' y'all!

    Originally posted by spike
    It's God's job to forgive Bin Laden, it's our job to arrange the meeting." - U.S. Armed Forces
    We could have did it but our Commander in Chief sent us to Iraq and let the bastard get away!

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    Re: Re: He's jankin' y'all!

    Originally posted by johnl45
    Originally posted by spike
    It's God's job to forgive Bin Laden, it's our job to arrange the meeting." - U.S. Armed Forces
    We could have did it but our Commander in Chief sent us to Iraq and let the bastard get away!
    ================================================== ==========

    You know something about bin Laden's location? Is he still alive? Did we pull out of Afghanistan to go to Iraq?

    No. No. And no.

    You need to make a trip to Wal-Mart yourself.
    No reserve. No retreat. No regrets.

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    Re: Re: Re: He's jankin' y'all!

    Originally posted by bootlen
    Originally posted by johnl45
    Originally posted by spike
    It's God's job to forgive Bin Laden, it's our job to arrange the meeting." - U.S. Armed Forces
    We could have did it but our Commander in Chief sent us to Iraq and let the bastard get away!
    ================================================== ==========

    You know something about bin Laden's location? Is he still alive? Did we pull out of Afghanistan to go to Iraq?

    No. No. And no.

    You need to make a trip to Wal-Mart yourself.
    You know something about bin Laden's location? YES

    Is he still alive? YES

    Did we pull out of Afghanistan to go to Iraq? YES

    Gee, booty. You were WRONG three times in a row! Forgot to make that trip to Wal-Mart, didn't you? KABOOM!

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    Re: Re: Re: Re: He's jankin' y'all!

    Originally posted by motorboy1
    Originally posted by bootlen
    Originally posted by johnl45
    Originally posted by spike
    It's God's job to forgive Bin Laden, it's our job to arrange the meeting." - U.S. Armed Forces
    We could have did it but our Commander in Chief sent us to Iraq and let the bastard get away!
    ================================================== ==========

    You know something about bin Laden's location? Is he still alive? Did we pull out of Afghanistan to go to Iraq?

    No. No. And no.

    You need to make a trip to Wal-Mart yourself.
    You know something about bin Laden's location? YES

    Is he still alive? YES

    Did we pull out of Afghanistan to go to Iraq? YES

    Gee, booty. You were WRONG three times in a row! Forgot to make that trip to Wal-Mart, didn't you? KABOOM!
    ================================================== =========

    You need to let the world in on Bin Laden's location. Or are you keeping it a secret?

    You have proof?

    Last time I checked, we still have troops in Afghanistan.

    That KABOOM went off in YOUR face.
    No reserve. No retreat. No regrets.

    For those who have fought for it, freedom has a sweetness the protected will never know.

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    Re: Re: Re: Re: He's jankin' y'all!

    Originally posted by motorboy1


    Did we pull out of Afghanistan to go to Iraq? YES

    Now that's a typical Democratic lie.

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