In his report to the U.N., chief weapons inspector Hans Blix sharply criticized Iraq for not being cooperative with the inspections:
“It is not enough to open doors. Inspection is not a game of catch as catch can,” he said. “Iraq appears not to have come to genuine acceptance, not even today, of the disarmament that was demanded of it.”
In general, though, Blix didn’t come down either for or against war with Iraq. It’s one of those on-the-fence reports that every country will spin in order to fit with its political positions. The United States will claim that it is further evidence that war is necessary, and countries such as Germany and France can claim that there’s no smoking gun, therefore no reason to go to war.
In short, this report changes nothing. And at the same time, it changes everything.
Today is a milestone. A turning point, if you will. With Bush’s State of the Union address tomorrow night, and the Israeli elections tomorrow, today is a pivotal day in world politics. It is getting to be the time where every country will be called upon to examine its concience and cast its loyalties. The only question is, who will inspire more loyalty – Bush or Saddam?