Un-f&$^ing-believable – read this.
“Acting in the greatest secrecy, diplomats and weapons experts had been shown by the Libyan authorities evidence of a well advanced nuclear weapons programme in 10 sites as well as chemical weapon agents. Libya also disclosed that it was working to produce a nuclear fuel cycle to enrich uranium.
In a bid to end decades of isolation from the international community, the Libyans also admitted they possessed aerial bombs to drop chemical weapons, as well as stocks of nerve gas. Western weapons experts were given access to scientists working in dual use facilities and on missile research and development.
Government sources said Libya did not possess a nuclear weapon, but was on the way to developing one. Its programme, officials said, represented a threat to Europe, as well as the Middle East.”
Where’s the war? Where’s the sanctions? In my mind this completely destroys any credibility that Bush or Blaire ever possibly, minisculy had on their justification for war with Iraq. Here is a middle-eastern country with known WMD capabilities and known intent to further develop them – and yet they choose to take a diplomatic approach. Further evidence, IMHO, that Iraq never had WMD capability (see here for a brief explanation of why I say that).
They’ve known this for nine months! The war on Iraq began in March. Let’s see – hey, that’s nine months ago. I can’t believe this… I’m not a fan of either the Bush or Blair adminstrations, but this has got to take the cake for blatant double-standards and hypocrisy and lies. Turf both of them out!
Oh – the good news is they’ve managed to convince Libya to stop developing the program and allow inspections. I had someone ask me today if there was an alternative to launching a war on Iraq. I responded that there were a number of things that could have been done to diffuse the situation and to create a safer world. This just proves the point.
The article concludes:
Mr Blair will be delighted by the Libyan move, as it becomes increasingly clear that the US- British Iraq survey group is failing to locate weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. He will be able to argue that his hardline stance on Iraq has at least forced Libya to come forward, and that he has not only used military means to bring rogue states into line.
Heh – talk about spinning the situation to political advantage. “Oh well, we were wrong about Iraq, but look, we have Saddam, and hey, Libya have come around too – so it was worth it”.