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Iraqi War – Page 21 – Gavinsblog.com
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Rumsfeld and Saddam

Seems that the US Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, travelled to Iraq in 1983 in order to normalise relations with Saddam. This was at a time when Saddam was using chemical weapons in defiance of international conventions. Anthrax and bubonic plague were also sent to Saddam under the Reagan and later the Bush Snr administrations. A very good article, and nice to finally read one like this in the Washington Post

Last ditch effort for peace?

Tom Friedman writes about the war that nobody wants, except the US. A delegation will visit Saddam in the next few weeks to try and persuade him to reveal his weapons (if there are any) and to cooperate. But I doubt it will work. The US, or should I say the top people in the US administration, want him out, come hell or high water. It is important we maintain a distinction, overall the US public do not back the war.

Slip up once – and its war: Bill Emmott

Bill Emmott writes a rather hawkish piece in the Guardian today. A quick word search will show you that no where in his article is the word ‘oil’ mentioned. I think that this word is pivotal to any planned invasion of Iraq. It is interesting that this aspect of the war is not being played up as much as in the last one, but I think it is a crucial part of American rationale.

Saddam accepts inspectors

Iraq today accepted a unanimous security council resolution for the return of weapons inspectors, Iraq’s ambassador to the UN said. Ambassador Mohammed Al-Douri said he had delivered a letter unconditionally accepting the resolution to the office of the UN secretary general, Kofi Annan. The letter was delivered two days before a UN-mandated deadline.

What strikes me is that under the resolution Saddam must declare all weapons of mass destruction to the UN by Dec 8th. If he does not, America will invade. Well Saddam has already said they possess no such weapons. So expect to see the invasion early next year.


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