MontyB said:Now the inspection teams didnt say that Iraq was in compliance they said that there was no evidence that they werent and requested more time to complete the job.
Nope, Saddam was not in compliance and how much more time would they need? They already had YEARS to accomplish their mission and failed to do so because, in my view, of constant and systematic obstruction by Saddam. Nor do I think they pushed things as hard as they should have.
Saddam was clearly NOT in compliance with the UNSCRs, even the Oil for Food ones. While admittedly not as critical as the other resolutions, Saddam's actions still represent a flouting of the UNSC and were his tool to spread his influence and rearm.
I believe that the final report on this program will show it was mismanaged and bent into a pretzel to suit Saddam and certain parties at the UN, in France and in Russia. I think it spells real trouble for Kofi Annan, Jacques Chirac and Vladimir Putin, but we will have to wait a bit.
MontyB said:So please understand that just because the resolution had a clause that allowed for war it didnt make war inevitable.
Now here I agree with you because armed conflict was not inevitable at all. Saddam could have stopped the whole thing by full complicance with UNSCR 1441 and revealing that he really didn't have anything to hide (or did he? Perhaps he thought he did or needed to maintain the illusion that he had WMDs hidden away). The only other option was to tighten the sanctions again, but they were already breaking down courtesy of the subversion of the Oil for Food Program and the behavior of parties in France and Russia.
I agree this is silly, but the ones who made it silly were the "professional diplomates" at the UN
I'm the only one who could provide a list of the resolutions? That's very sad and embrassing . You just can't have a rational discussion without facts and it only took me 20 minutes to find them and cut and paste them into my response (have to love Ask Jeeves! 8) ).