Question: Will this round of weapons inspections make a difference?
My knowledge regarding this type of issue is minimal but my fear is much greater at what could happen. I do not believe that this round of weapons inspections will make a difference. Iraq has had sufficient time to prepare itself with the help of its allies.
Iraq is justified in wanting the sanctions dropped. Past history has shown that long-term sanctions almost always lead to war. Iraq should also be allowed to defend itself, like any other country. I agree they should not be allowed to have weapons that are illegal in term of international law. What I would really like to hear is the story of real Iraqi people and how they think this can be solved. My only real hope is the Iraqis themselves will come with a plan to get out of this mess we are all in.
A Concerned Canadian
The World should get its head out of the sand. Bush is obsessed with making war on Iraq, and will use the slightest pretense to do so regardless of how false it may be. Iraq cannot avoid war with the United States.
Unlikely, unless U.S. politicians show enough willigness and wisdom to drastically change their foreign policies. International bullying and war mongering can never resolve issues of terrorism.
No, if Americans want to find out why terrorism has come home to our country, we only have to look at our government's ongoing foreign policies that support dictators, ruin local economies, train and arm death squads, uproot and kill aboriginal peoples and pollute the environment.
The only difference this series of inspections will make is to delay the terrorist activities of Hussein. They would not allow inspectors in if they knew that weapons would be found. This is just a waste of time, effort and money.
Mr. Walker seems to think it's OK to interfere with a people's right to self-determination. I say to Mr. Walker, perhaps you should wake up and smell the stink of your own civil liberties burning. If we in the West decide we are going to fortify our moral resolve with his type of reasoning, there are other far more guilty players sitting at our own table. Perhaps we should start with China? The U.S. would lose a cheap pool of what is essentially slave labour. American life would grind to a halt if the exploitation of workers in most of Asia ended. The Chinese also have a huge arsenal of effective weapons of mass destruction, in fact they used to parade them around proudly. Why not start with them? No, Mr. Walker, I'm afraid you can keep your moral high-ground, I believe that you'll find it's made of sand.
I believe that most people are not aware of the real situation inside Iraq and are also not aware that reporters in Baghdad are not free to give their true opinions about the situation. Reporters work from the Ministry of Information and are often under threat of losing their visas, which, not many are willing to risk. I am a Canadian citizen living and working in Iraqi Kurdistan in the 986 Advisory Unit. If you are interested in information about the Oil-for-Food program as it is related to Iraqi Kurdistan, take a look at the information on the website of the regional government at www.krg.org. The site also contains other useful information about the region. If you have specific questions about the area, I would be pleased to answer them. People here are getting on with the daily business of making a living but most are quite afraid of an attack. Most business has ground to a halt since no one is willing to place orders while the uncertainty is so great. Everyone here believes that Saddam is hiding WMD and also are quite fearful that he will use them again on them. There is also a great deal of apprehension about the intentions of Turkey. I don't know if the inspectors will find anything. The regime was always fairly successful at hiding things and people when it wanted to and has had lots of time to prepare for the latest inspections.
It won't make a difference. Bush, the moron, is bent on having this war because of his Israeli friends. My question is this: The U.S. sanctions have already killed hundred of thousands of Iraqi innocents. After the U.S. kills and maims so many more Iraqis, are Americans going to feel safer? The desire for vengeance will be stronger than ever.
In response to Sasha Smith's email, the United States is not seen in a positive way by a majority of different countries in this world. Your question might be answered more effectively if you asked: Why does the Untied States require weapons of mass destruction?
These inspections will reveal Mr.Hussein as a tyrant and a dictator who lies to his own people and to the rest of the world. These inspections are an excuse for the U.S. to finish what they started during the Gulf War. The UN coaltion needs to realize that war is only succesful if the majority of Muslims believe in what the West is doing.
Having travelled extensively in the Middle East, I am one Canadian who is 100 per cent behind both the inspectors and President Bush. In fact, the Canadian company that I worked for built and managed the communications system used by the Baath Party. Saddam Hussein is a cold, calculating and brutal megalomaniac with a long history of blackmailing, torturing, poisoning and murdering his own people. Those who would turn a blind eye to this threat should think back to the mid 1930s, when we knew exactly what Hitler was building, and did nothing. Look at what happened. I cringe every time I hear the "make peace, not war" delusionary rhetoric. The world is a very dangerous place, not made any safer by ignoring the threat that tyrants like Saddam Hussein pose to us all. Wake up people.
Robert J. Walker
This round of inspections does not make any difference. The U.S. badly need a war to save their economy. Reaping the benefits of postwar Iraq re-construction and cheap oil prices were crucial arguments that Bush used to convince Putin to support him.
Whether or not this round of weapons inspections makes any difference will depend on what the inspectors do or do not find. Assuming that they will be left alone long enough to do their job. Sooner or later, Saddam Hussein will fall. Perhaps it will be brought about by people within his own government fearful of a United Nations coalition attack.
I am an American who is against attacking Iraq on the behalf of Israel and the oil industry. There are over 300,000,000 Arabs in that part of the world. The assumption by Washington and London is that the Middle East is too fragmented to create a problem for the West's military. This was the same attitude in Vietnam. Well, we spent the entire Social Security fund and the lives of 60,000 young Americans proving that Washington has no knowledge of what it is doing. Here we go again.
Will these new inspections make a difference? What defines a "difference"? How can we simply send inspectors? Is anyone bold enough to admit that there will be a major, and most likely non-traditional war mainly between the U.S. and people we don't understand. There are such major differences between the capitalistic U.S. and the Middle East (along with many many other countries). We do not understand most other countries (we even have problems with you Canadians next door). Why are we not sending negotiators into Iraq to discuss how we can learn to work with our differences without killing each other? Why not ask why would you want weapons of mass destruction. Or perhaps why we in the U.S. have weapons of mass destruction?
American interest in Iraq seems to be driven by more than a heroic drive to prevent Iraq's use of weapons of mass destruction, and more to do with establishing some control of Iraqs' oil resources. There are two countries with nuclear capabilities who are currently terrorizing each other-- India and Pakistan -- but curiously, the U.S. has shown no interest in these nations. Of note to Curtis - the U.S. only backed the Shah of Iran until he decided to nationalize Iran's oil. Maybe they can try their luck with Iraq.
No, because Bush is itching for a war. When have the Americans gone anywhere without an agenda? And the agenda here is oil. The weapons of mass destruction are just an excuse to go to war.
The new round of weapons inspections will not make any difference at all. President Bush has made it quite clear that his government's policy is regime change. It is highly unlikely that his administration will let the inspectors complete their task. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have died since the Gulf War as a result of brutal sanctions, constant bombardment and the tyranny of Hussein. The imminent U.S. invasion of Iraq has nothing to with security and everything to do with oil and having a presence in the region, especially since Iran has been officially "evil" since the overthrow of the American-backed Shah. A war on Iraq will amplify anti-American sentiment worldwide. I'll bet Osama bin Laden is pulling for war on Iraq.
I don't know whether this latest round of preoccupation with Iraq is to be viewed as an Alice in Wonderland or a Catch-22. For Hans Blix to demand that Iraq give documented proof that it has no weapons of mass destruction is akin to the local cops coming to my house demanding proof that I have no jewellery in my house. I thought that Mr.Blix and his inspectors were there to inspect. But then, to quote Mr. Blix himself: "Not seeing something, not seeing an indication of something, does not lead automatically to the conclusion that there is nothing". Someone please explain the logic.
The American imperilistic military machine will take over Iraq if it is neccesary to control Middle Eastern resources. The inspections are just to satisfy the U.N. They will likely not count if the U.S. desires war.
Bush wants the oil. He wants to divert attention from the domestic front and he will find an excuse to attack. I am an American who is opposed to this. We want peace and not war. Canada shouldn't participate or we will all regret it.