Hans Blix, fully Hans Martin Blix

Hans
Blix, fully Hans Martin Blix
1928

Swedish Diplomat and Politician for the Liberal People's Party, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Head of The International Atomic Energy Agency, United Nations' Chief Weapons Inspector

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I found it peculiar that those who wanted to take military action could ? with 100 per cent certainty ? know that the weapons existed and turn out to have zero knowledge of where they were.

The country is not a democratic state. Therefore we fear that they might carry a recorder in their pocket or there may be bugs in the walls, and you cannot be absolutely sure that you get a straight testimony.

We have now been there [Iraq] for some two months and been covering the country in ever wider sweeps and we haven't found any smoking guns.

I have my detractors in Washington. There are bastards who spread things around, of course, who planted nasty things in the media.

The inspections started in 1991, right after the Gulf War. One of the conditions for the ceasefire was that Iraq had to do away with all of its weapons of mass destruction - biological, chemical and nuclear weapons and long-range missiles.

What surprises me, what amazes me, is that it seems the military people were expecting to stumble on large quantities of gas, chemical weapons and biological weapons.

I think that we have to do our job well, investigate thoroughly and then describe very honestly what we see to the Security Council. And some of the things might please people there and other things may not please the people.

The Iraqis are not threatened by the Turks or by the Iranians or by the Saudis and they tell me that these are not weapons of mass destruction, they are weapons of self-destruction.

You never get quite down to the bottom of the barrel, but we are much higher than that at the present time. There is quite a lot left in the barrel that could be explained by them. If they have some weapons, if they have some anthrax, they should deliver that.

If public opinion still endorses military action that's one thing, but if they wait maybe it will not. So it's not only impatience, but there are several other factors.

The nerve agent VX is one of the most toxic ever developed. 13,000 chemical bombs were dropped by the Iraqi Air Force between 1983 and 1988, while Iraq has declared that 19,500 bombs were consumed during this period. Thus, there is a discrepancy of 6,500 bombs. The amount of chemical agent in these bombs would be in the order of about 1,000 tons.

But I would say if the Security Council is only relevant if it agrees with the United States, then we have come a long way in a direction that I do not like very much.

If you take the biological weapons in the United States we still will have perhaps a single individual who was able to make anthrax, dry it, and spread it through the mail and cause terror.

The recent inspection find in the private home of a scientist of a box of some 3,000 pages of documents, much of it relating to the laser enrichment of uranium support a concern that has long existed that documents might be distributed to the homes of private individuals. ...we cannot help but think that the case might not be isolated and that such placements of documents is deliberate to make discovery difficult and to seek to shield documents by placing them in private homes.

But in the Middle Ages people were convinced there were witches. They looked for them and they certainly found them.

International cooperation, multilateralism is indispensable.

The South Africans decided that they would like to prove to the world they did not have any nuclear weapons and their decision was not doubted because it was the end of the Cold War, it was also the end of apartheid.

By and large my relations with the US were good.

Iraq did not spontaneously opt for disarmament. They did it as part of a ceasefire, so they were forced to do it, otherwise the war might have gone on. So the motivation has been very different.

The U.N. is much more than the case of Iraq.

Disarmament by war and democracy by occupation are difficult prospects.

It was to do with information management. The intention was to dramatise it.

The world has gotten so interwoven.

Even on television, the wavelengths that you use, they have to be distributed between countries.

It's true the Iraqis misbehaved and had no credibility but that doesn't necessarily mean that they were in the wrong.

First Name
Hans
Last Name
Blix, fully Hans Martin Blix
Birth Date
1928
Bio

Swedish Diplomat and Politician for the Liberal People's Party, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Head of The International Atomic Energy Agency, United Nations' Chief Weapons Inspector