Former UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix said today Iraq had
probably got rid of its weapons of mass destruction (WMD) ten years
ago but Saddam Hussein pretended otherwise to deter any
"I'm certainly more and more to the conclusion that Iraq has, as
they maintained, destroyed all almost of what they had in the
summer of 1991," Blix told Australian national radio.
Asked if it was likely Iraq has not had Weapons of Mass Destruction
for at least ten years, he said: "Yup, that's right".
Blix's suggestions, which he said were already known in the US,
called into question controversial intelligence used by Britain and
the US to justify the conflict in Iraq.
"You see, if they didn't have anything (WmD) after '91, there must
be some explanation why they behaved as they did.
They certainly gave the impression that they were denying access
and so forth," Blix said.
"I mean, you can put up a sign on your door, Beware of the Dog,
without having a dog".
The US-controlled Iraq Survey Group has been scouring Iraq for
evidence of weapons, but its hundreds of scientists have found very
little. – Sapa-AFP.