The UN Said WHAT?
Vol: 33 Issue: 13 Sunday, June 13, 2004
Wouldn’t it be nice if, after all the global abuse being heaped on the United States for going to war against Saddam Hussein over WMD could be silenced by a UN finding that the WMD’s were there, after all?
Wouldn’t it be great if it turned out that nobody could accuse the leaders of the United States of lying to the world in order to start an unnecessary war?
Imagine how great it would be to read retractions and corrections in the New York Times, BBC World Service, International Herald Tribune, etc., should a UN panel find those weapons actually existed, and simply haven’t been found.
Not to mention the world leaders, like Jacques Chirac, Gerhard Schroeder, Vladimir Putin and the rest, who joined the “Bush Lied” chorus to cover up their own dirty deals with Saddam. Wouldn’t it be great to see them eat a little crow? (Sigh)
I can’t speak for the rest of the country, but I, personally, would have been absolutely thrilled to have discovered that Bill Clinton didn’t really lie.
I had no use for him as a politician, but when he was proved a liar, the whole country’s image suffered as a result. I would much have rathered to learn it was a mistake.
So, too, one would imagine, President Bush’s domestic political opponents must also prefer to believe he was telling the truth, since proving he was would improve America’s image abroad.
If they are truly honest themselves, they would not want to be part of maintaining a fiction that paints all America with the same brush of dishonesty.
Even putting patriotism aside, the perception that America is led by liars and cheats is not particularly flattering. We learned that in the last administration.
After all that, one would think the “L” word would be the last word Americans of either political persuasion would want attached to their president.
The UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission briefed the Security Council on new findings Sunday that say Saddam DID have weapons of mass destruction, right up to 2003. What’s that you say? You didn’t know that?
Let’s see what else isn’t in today’s papers. The New York Times didn’t report that UNMOVIC’s briefing contained satellite photographs that demonstrated the speed with which Saddam dismantled his missile and WMD sites before and during the war.
Council members were shown photographs of a ballistic missile site outside Baghdad in May 2003, and then saw a satellite image of the same location in February 2004, in which facilities had disappeared. The Los Angeles Times didn’t think this was important enough to cover, either.
UNMOVIC acting executive chairman Demetrius Perricos told the council on June 9 that the Iraqi facilities were dismantled and sent both to Europe and around the Middle East at the rate of about 1,000 tons of metal a month. Destinations included Jordan, the Netherlands and Turkey.
The Baghdad missile site contained a range of WMD and dual-use components, UN officials said. They included missile components, reactor vessel and fermenters the latter required for the production of chemical and biological warheads.
“It raises the question of what happened to the dual-use equipment, where is it now and what is it being used for,” Ewen Buchanan, an UNMOVIC spokesman, said. “You can make all kinds of pharmaceutical and medicinal products with a fermenter. You can also use it to breed anthrax.”
The UNMOVIC report said Iraqi missiles were dismantled and exported to such countries as Jordan, the Netherlands and Turkey.
In the Dutch city of Rotterdam, an SA-2 surface-to-air missile, one of at least 12, was discovered in a junk yard, still tagged by UN tags. In Jordan, UN inspectors found 20 SA-2 engines as well as components for solid-fuel for missiles.
UN inspectors have assessed that the SA-2 and the short-range Al Samoud surface-to-surface missile were shipped abroad by agents of the Saddam regime. Buchanan said UNMOVIC plans to inspect other sites, including in Turkey.
I ran the search terms, UNMOVIC, WMD and Saddam through the Google news search engine. There were three stories dealing with the UNMOVIC report; the World Tribune, Free Republic, and one from a parody site. All the rest of the stories were about the fact that nobody has found them yet.
As I said at the outset, wouldn’t it be nice if the UN agreed with Washington’s stated case for war? Wouldn’t it be great if all those folks who ran down the administration and the country were forced to admit that America was not fighting an unjustified war?
Imagine how it would play for America’s image if every paper in the country carried the headline: “UNMOVIC Says Saddam Had, Hid WMD”.
But the lie that America invented justification for war is so deeply ingrained in the global psyche that nobody is interested in evidence.
UNMOVIC has had a year to investigate without interference from Saddam and his goons, and they concluded the weapons were there until the outbreak of war.
After a year’s investigation, their conclusion is exactly the same one reached by the Bush administration on the eve of war — Saddam was manufacturing and stockpiling weapons of mass destruction.
We can’t find them, because the global opposition at the beginning of the war gave Saddam time to hide or export them all.
That’s the conclusion reached by UNMOVIC — so why haven’t we heard it from CNN or Peter Jennings?
Because they don’t want to believe its true. They prefer to believe the lie, because believing the lie advances their own agenda, whereas accepting the conclusions of UNMOVIC means explaining how they could give their own country a black eye in order to ‘get’ the president.
I mentioned the Google search. There were three stories about UNMOVIC, as I said. But the remainder of the news stories retrieved continued to make the case against the Bush administration for lying about Iraq’s WMD program.
Years ago, I used to wonder about the ‘strong delusion’ that 2nd Thessalonians 2:11 says will come upon the earth after the Rapture.
“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:”
But Paul explains the reason they are so willing to believe a lie in the next verse. Consider the spiked UNMOVIC report as you re-examine verse 12 with new eyes”
“That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had PLEASURE IN UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.”
In this generation, what is true isn’t necessary what is factual. In this generation, truth is truth only if it is popular.
“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:28)