.......My deepest sympathies for anyone from Spain who may be reading this blog, my heart goes out to you....terrorists bastards, they will pay....
And now to Hans Blix, who has picked a most inoppurtune time to voice his opinion on terrorism.
In this story here, Blix states that "I think we still over-estimate the danger of terror."
Really Hans? Why don't you sit down over there and let me play back some of your other warnings back in the day when anyone gave a shite what you thought.
Hans Blix to the UN concerning Iraq's WMD's-
Iraq's 12,000-page report
"Regrettably, the 12,000-page declaration, most of which is a reprint of earlier documents, does not seem to contain any new evidence that will eliminate the questions or reduce their number."
On chemical bombs
"The (Iraqi weapons report) document indicates that 13,000 chemical bombs were dropped by the Iraqi air force between 1983 and 1998; 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. In the absence of evidence to the contrary, we must assume that these quantities are now unaccounted for."
On biological weapons
"There are strong indications that Iraq produced more anthrax than it declared and that at least some of this was retained over the declared destruction date. It might still exist.
"Either it should be found and be destroyed under UNMOVIC supervision or else convincing evidence should be produced to show that it was indeed destroyed in 1991."
"There remain significant questions as to whether Iraq retained Scud-type missiles after the Gulf War. Iraq declared the consumption of a number of Scud missiles as targets in the development of an anti-ballistic missile defense system during the 1980s, yet no technical information has been produced about that program or data on the consumption of the missiles."
On recently discovered documents
"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 lacing enrichment of uranium, support a concern that has long existed that documents might be distributed to the homes of private individuals. This interpretation is refuted by the Iraqi side which claims that research staff sometimes may bring papers from their work places."
"On our side, 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."
On scientist interviews
"Today, 11 individuals were asked for interviews in Baghdad by us. The replies have been that the individual would only speak at Iraq's Monitoring Directorate or at any rate in the presence of an Iraq official."
"This could be due to a wish on the part of the invited to have evidence that they have not said anything that the authorities did not wish them to say. At our recent talks in Baghdad, the Iraqi side committed itself to encourage persons to accept interviews in private, that is to say alone with us. Despite this, the pattern has not changed."
Hans Blix quote- 1/27/03- "Iraq appears not to have come to a genuine acceptance - not even today - of the disarmament which was demanded of it and which it needs to carry out to win the confidence of the world and to live in peace."
Hans "Mr Magoo" Blix apparently thought back then that Iraq had unaccounted for WMD's. Apparently now Hans believes that this threat was over-exaggerated. Even though he was the one detailing the threat.
Eh?...(scratching head)...how does this work?
The reality is this. Unfortunately, events in Spain have proven that terrorism and the methods associated thereof- whether this was the ETA or an Islamic group- is still alive and well in the Western World. Appeasing the supporters of these groups, and asking "why do they hate us" will not make these things go away. The only thing that will is a commited, focused effort from all nations to eradicate the persons and groups responsible for producing psychopaths such as these. The US has taken the lead in Afghanistan and Iraq, and others have willfully followed behind. We must continue the effort until this becomes a truly global effort.
And oh yeah, Hans and the UN can sit down and STFU.