Tuesday, May 18, 2004

"Scant Evidence"

The Globe and Mail spins the typical Liberal Party line on the sarin find. Could it prove American concerns about WMDs (and, strangely enough, Canadian ones - until recently - and then, again) correct? Well; just be sure to clutter up the issue with interjections from naysayers, as well as pooh-poohing the notion that it could possibly be a threat. Sure, it may be WMDs, but it doesn't really count, does it? Moreover, what bothers me about treating Hans Blix' word as holy writ in the inspections business is his obvious slant. He's said repeatedly, during his inspections and afterwards, that he didn't want to be the one to generate a casus belli by finding anything untoward in the old regime. And, coincidentally enough, he now has a book out. I am interested in what he has to say, to be sure; by no means would I dismiss his credibility outright simply for being a European UN wonk. But it needs to be mentioned. No one is neutral and objective, least of all the UN.

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