2002 October 08 Tuesday
Spertzel: UNMOVIC "doesn't have a chance."

Former UNSCOM Iraq weapons inspector chief Richard Spertzel says there isn't enough support in UN Security Council to make inspections work:

"They've got to have the unconditional and unanimous support of all members of the security council, and I don't see it's there," said former UNSCOM chief bioweapons inspector Richard Spertzel, now retired as deputy commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.

According to Spertzel, UNSCOM's replacement -- the U.N. Monitoring, Verification and Inspections Commission, or UNMOVIC -- "doesn't have a chance."

The problem in a nutshell is this: There are UN Security Council members which did not want the 1990s inspections regime to succeed and their efforts to undermine it contributed to its failure. Those members (notably China, Russia, and France) are still there and their attitudes have changed little.

UPDATE: If you click thru to the full article you will find a lot about technologies developed to detect bioweapons and hand-held gadgets that will be useful if weapons inspectors are sent back into Iraq..

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2002 October 08 10:57 AM  Inspections and Sanctions


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