Wednesday, October 13, 2004

The Scotsman makes the case

Seems that a relatively unknown newspaper from a small country is doing more and better reporting on Saddam's evil, UN corruption and the case for liberating Iraq than any internationally known broadsheet from America.

In 2002, the UK showed its intelligence dossier on Iraq's WMD programs to Euro-dove weapons inspector Hans Blix. Today, The Scotsman notes that documents released by the UK Foreign Office, written in 2002, contradict the public statements that Blix has made about Iraq's WMD program:

The papers released by the FO show that British officials at the United Nations in New York showed a draft of the dossier to Dr Blix in September 2002, two weeks before the final version was published.

A note from one official, Adam Bye, said that Dr Blix had liked the section on chemical, biological and nuclear weapons as he believed that it did not exaggerate the facts. According to the note, Dr Blix said that the dossier even risked understating Iraq’s ability to produce weapons of mass destruction – particularly the lethal anthrax virus.

He also described the claim that even if Iraq was able to acquire fissile material from abroad, it would still take at least two years to build a working nuclear bomb as “modest”.

Is there any real wonder why the US media won't cover this? Scour the NYT and WaPo in the next few days, either you will find no mention of this story or it will be buried deep in the news section.

HT: Cap'n Ed.

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