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Former UN Weapons Inspector: Don't Repeat in Iran the 'Tragic and Terrible' Mistakes of Iraq

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"So far Iran has not violated NPT (the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) and there is no evidence right now that suggests that Iran is producing nuclear weapons." - Hans Blix

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Arielle S (313)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 7:16 am
At last, a voice of reason. Every time I hear about Iran, I think of Iraq and how easily we swallowed those lies.
There is great profit in war and those who promote it, have no conscience at all obviously. That leaves it all up to us - scary, huh?

Kit B (276)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 7:19 am
Photo: Getty images)

As the ten year anniversary of the US-led invasion on Iraq approaches, the former UN weapons inspector from Norway Hans Blix said this week that world powers should heed history's lessons by not repeating the same mistakes with Iran.

"Memories of the failure and tragic mistakes in Iraq are not taken sufficiently seriously," the 82-year-old Blix told a group of reporters in Dubai.

"In the case of Iraq, there was an attempt made by some states to eradicate weapons of mass destruction that did not exist, and today there is talk of going on Iran to eradicate intentions that may not exist," he said. "I hope that will not happen."

Blix was the chief of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission that led the UN weapons inspection team in Iraq from March 2000 to June 2003, charged with finding evidence of Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction. Such weapons, of course, were never found.

“So far Iran has not violated NPT (the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) and there is no evidence right now that suggests that Iran is producing nuclear weapons,” Blix said about the current events surrounding Iran.

"It is true that diplomatic negotiations have dragged over the years with little results so far... Some people assume that a war action will solve the problem," he said, but disagreed with that conclusion.

"I think others should examine what is the merit of that and find that there is much more demerit," he said, adding that "a war could develop into a terrible conflagration in the region."

Blix added that Iran gave "positive signals" in meeting with world powers of the P5-1 last week.

Watch a clip of the news conference here.

And last week, appearing on a BBC forum, Blix discussed the"tragic and terrible" by the US and its supporters to preemptively invade Iraq in 2003:

***See short Video at VISIT SITE***

By: Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer | Common Dreams |

Kit B (276)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 7:21 am

We didn't listen to his {Hans Blix] warnings before the Iraq invasion and he, tragically, proved to be correct. Perhaps now, after the horrors of Iraq we will finally listen to this man that has spent life doing the hard work to maintain peace.

JL A (281)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 11:06 am
All the more reason to fight the current back door effort in Congress to start a war with Iran.

JL A (281)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 3:17 pm
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Scott haakon (4)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 7:25 pm
If we go to war then go to war and not worry about after. Go in with maximum will. None of this being liked or nation building. Eliminate the rulers and get out.

Phil R (29)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 7:52 pm
" Eliminate the rulers and get out."
We pretty much did that in Iraq. We went in, toppled the govt there and destroyed the infrastructure. We then wasted 60bn (that's $60,000,000,000) in taxpayer dollars accomplishing exactly nothing in an effort to undo the damage we did. This was over and above the actual cost of the war, almost a trillion dollars {$1,000,000,000,000), and disregards the loss of life to American military personal and innocent Iraqi civilians. Then we left things there actually WORSE than before we invaded and occupied the country. We'd have done best just to find another way to subdue Saddam, who really wasn't a threat to us anyway.

Kit B (276)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 7:59 pm

Fortunately for the world and diplomacy Scott has no say. Thanks Phil, that is sadly exactly what we did, a waste of human life on both sides of a conflict that should never have happened. Add to that the loss of respect and diplomatic integrity, the huge loss of national monies and what did we win? Nothing - just like Korea, Vietnam and the list goes on.

Phil R (29)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 8:11 pm
I think that many also assume that we went to war because it was assumed Iraq had WMD. The truth is that everyone in the Bush administration (except perhaps poor Colin Powell) likely knew this certainly wasn't the case. That's why the excuses for going to war kept changing right up until the actual invasion (culminating finally in "Iraqi freedom"). The reasons actually were access to oil and corporate profit from the war.

Kit B (276)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 8:32 pm


Yvonne White (229)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 8:52 pm
We KNEW Before 9/11 that Bu$h the Le$$er was spoiling for a fight with Iraq, so EVEN Colin Powell HAD to know the yellow cake story was pure Bu$h League Bull$hit! And for several years the Media has tried to promote the de'ja'voodoo of Reich-wing fantasy : "possible Nuclear weapons" in Iran. They (and the military/industrial/Political Complex behind it) DON'T CARE if it's another Bu$h League LIE! So get ready to duck & cover.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Friday March 8, 2013, 5:32 am
The strangest thing about Iran's nuclear program is that US and Europe are looking at the intentions of Iran to find an excuse to attack Iran for possible nuclear weapons while giving a blind eye to the already existing Israeli nuclear arsenal.
While all of us are looking forward to put an end the existing wars,AIPAC conference in Washington DC last week was calling for war against Iran. Israel will fight to the last American soldier,military equipment and the Last American dollar. What a shame !!!!!

paul m (93)
Friday March 8, 2013, 7:08 am

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday March 10, 2013, 5:59 pm
Certainly Americans have a better memory than politicians want to believe. We won't be blindsided fact, many of us saw the writing on the wall with Iraq, and protested vehemently. I've signed many petitions and sent many letters warning my members of Congress not to engage war with Iran...and will continue to. Everyone should remember that wars only serve the wealthiest, while killing and damaging those most innocent.
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