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ISBN: 074757359X
Author: Hans Blix
Language: English
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (March 21, 2005)
Pages: 320
Category: Politics & Government
Subcategory: Politics
Rating: 4.6
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American with help from the UK and Spain went to war in Iraq on the basis of weapons of mass destruction. Hans Blix and his team were there looking for the weapons, but rather than the non-appearance indicating the weapons didn't exist, the conclusion drawn was that they were being hidden.

Does Iraq have weapons of mass destruction? . Dr. Hans Blix was director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IEAEA) from 1981 to 1987.

Does Iraq have weapons of mass destruction? Why couldn't the US and the UK secure the backing of the member states of the UN Security Council? What can be learnt from the Iraq war for the prevention of the spread and use of WMDs in the future? . This book makes one of the best cases there is against Bush's rash action 5 years ago. Читать весь отзыв. Recalled by the UN in 2000 to become Executive Chairman, UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), he presided over the re-introduction of weapons inspectors in Iraq 2002.

In his new book, Mr Blix makes clear that he was one of those who opposed the use of force. He regrets that inspectors were not given more time to try disarming Iraq peacefully. In the light of the subsequent failure to find stocks of chemical or biological weapons, he is critical of George Bush and Tony Blair for over-selling the immediacy of the threat. And he thinks they were anyway wrong to start such a war without explicit UN backing. Get our daily newsletter.

Hans Blix was the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency from 1981 to 1997 and was a member of Sweden’s delegation to the United Nations from 1961 to 1981. From 2000 to 2003, he was the executive director of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification, and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), supervising international inspections for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq until the inspections were suspended in March 2003.

Hans Blix recounts the events leading up to the declaration of war on Iraq in March 2003, looking back to Saddam Hussein?s long wrangle with the international community . Does Iraq have weapons of mass destruction? Why couldn't the US and the UK secure the. Book Details.

Hans Blix recounts the events leading up to the declaration of war on Iraq in March 2003, looking back to Saddam Hussein?s long wrangle with the international community since the first Gulf War and forward to the implications for international security in the aftermath of the war just ended. In clear-eyed descriptions of his meetings with Blair, Bush, Chirac, Cheney, Condoleeza Rice, Colin Powell and Kofi Annan, he conveys the frustrations, the tensions, the pressure and the drama of the months leading up to the US/UK-led attack on Iraq.

Hans Blix, Pantheon (9 March 2004).

Hans Blix asks the key questions about the run-up to the Iraq wa. He is currently Chairman of the newly formed International Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction, which began its work in January 2004.

Hans Blix asks the key questions about the run-up to the Iraq war. His answers are rigorous and hard-hitting. Country of Publication.

Hans Blix recounts the events leading up to the declaration of war on Iraq in March 2003, looking back to Saddam Hussein's long wrangle with the international community since the first Gulf War and forward to the implications for international security in the aftermath of the war just ended. In clear-eyed descriptions of his meetings with Blair, Bush, Chirac, Cheney, Condoleeza Rice, Colin Powell and Kofi Annan, he conveys the frustrations, the tensions, the pressure and the drama of the months leading up to the US/UK-led attack on Iraq. He also asks and answers key questions including: Could the war have been prevented? Was it inevitable? Does Iraq have weapons of mass destruction? Why couldn't the US and the UK secure the backing of the member states of the UN Security Council? And: What can be learnt from the Iraq war for the prevention of the spread and use of WMDs in the future?

Comments:

Nikok
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Daiktilar
Read this book if you want a seemingly balanced account of the lead up to the Iraq War. Very informative from someone who has completed two tours in Iraq and wants to understand why we entered that quagmire to begin with.
Grari
Every time that Hans Blix, who was in charge of the UN team to disarm Iraq, made a statement to the United Nations Security Council, both hawks and doves found material to support their positions. This book, which tells of his efforts to disarm Iraq from 1991 to 2003, is likely to do the same.
The initial impression is twofold: that the intelligence presented to support the war was questionable; and that Mr. Blix was unlikely to lead the aggressive inspections that the American administration claimed were necessary to find Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. Soon, however, there is much more of the first and less of the second.
To be sure, Mr. Blix is a civil servant and not a politician. As such he tries to avoid getting into political discussions; when he does turn political, he is clearly at his weakest. His various jabs, usually aimed at the American government, and his interjections often distract from the narrative and even invite readers to wonder how much his views have colored his professional work (not much is my take).
All the same, Mr. Blix gives a very balanced assessment of the pre-war intelligence. He admits that his gut feeling was that Saddam Hussein did have weapons of mass destruction. But he argues that there was never any concrete evidence to support that hypothesis; and he goes point-by-point to the various facts claimed by the Americans, British, and his own team to substantiate his position.
In all, "Disarming Iraq" is neither an easy read nor burdensome. Much of the information in the book is in the public domain; yet the way that Mr. Blix has brought everything together, alongside with his commentary and perspective, is undoubtedly going to make "Disarming Iraq" an indispensable read on the war in Iraq.
Skilkancar
After nearly three years, we seem to have accepted the common wisdom that the intelligence was manipulated and Bush/Cheney convinced the American public, and especially the Congress, that Saddam was a threat that couldn't wait. Funny, but that's not the way I remember it.

There were a lot of people who questioned the cherry-picked intelligence at the time. Richard Clarke, for instance. And Brent Scowcroft. Most of the rest of the world, as represented by the United Nations, wanted to continue weapons inspections. With Saddam boxed in by no-fly zones, weapons inspectors, and a ton of spy technology aimed at Iraq, he really wasn't much of an immediate threat, and most people knew it. Still, it is interesting to revisit those pre-war days, just to make sure I didn't imagine the whole thing.

Hans Blix spent a lifetime as a diplomat, and as you would expect, he couches his criticisms in pleasant-sounding phrases. Much of the time he does just that, but every now and then, he lets fly with a real, unadulterated opinion. Near the end of Disarming Iraq, he "suggests" that Tony Blair and George Bush and their advisors misled the public by asserting categorically that weapons of mass destruction existed. In the world of international diplomacy, I suppose that is what passes for a slap in the face.

In the run up to the war, there was a lot of behind-the-scenes maneuvering and endless analysis by pundits and the press. It is fascinating to be able to read one inside player's report on what was said in those private meetings. I was surprised to find that Blix has great regard and admiration for Condoleezza Rice. I was less surprised to find that he has respect and perhaps pity for Colin Powell, and no use at all for Dick Cheney or Paul Wolfowitz.

Blix is thorough in describing the history of arms inspection and the history of the U.N.'s dealings with Iraq. Certainly this is useful and important information, but for me the appeal of Disarming Iraq is the description of what was happening in the weeks and days before Iraq was invaded in 2003.

Blix's accounts of his meetings with Cheney and Wolfowitz are chilling. Cheney coldly threatens him by telling him that if his weapons inspectors don't find some evidence and fast, Cheney will not hesitate to discredit Blix. Blix's meeting with Tony Blair is less chilling (Blair offered him crumpets), and the meeting with Bush, revealing.

Blix, in ultra-diplomatic mode here, writes of how Bush's manner contrasted sharply with that of Cheney's, how he makes a "boyish impression" and "frequently changes his posture in his chair." He told Blix and ElBaradei that he was no wild Texan bent on war, that he would let the Security Council talk about a resolution, but not for long. Bush "mentioned the League of Nations." You get a picture here of Bush, impatient and fidgety, making non-sequiturs about the League of Nations, and eager to get this useless meeting out of the way.

It isn't surprising that congressmembers and senators would like to think (or would like us to think) that they couldn't have known what was really going on, but even people like Blix, who says he thought Iraq had weapons programs, could see that in March, 2003, there was no need for an invasion.

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