March 15, 2003

What Keeps Blix Up At

What Keeps Blix Up At Night

Hint: The avuncular Swede isn't tossing and turning because of Iraqi WMD. But when it comes to Kyoto ....

I don't mean to sound snide about environmental issues as they are certainly important. And when the U.S. rejects a treaty like Kyoto and remarks that the Administration will circulate a competing version of said treaty for consideration--we should actually come through and do so.

But to have the chief U.N. weapons inspector downplay war and peace issues in an interview at this juncture speaks volumes about Mr. Blix. So does the following exchange:

"Norris: Do you believe that in your lifetime, in our lifetime, we will see the world rid of weapons of mass destruction?
Blix: Well it's very hard to dis-invent them. 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."

Mr. Blix could have begun his answer about whether we will see a disappearance of WMD from many vantage points--but he begins by recapping U.S. bio stockpiles and the autumn 2001 anthrax scares in the U.S. that most link to a domestic crazy. In other words, sniff around your own backyard first fellas--before poking around points further afield.

Telling, isn't it? Other parts of the interview indicate that Hans is pretty sanguine about Iraqi WMD stockpiles given the expedited timetable he believes he could complete the inspections process. All this said, I'm sure your average MTV viewer found Blix to be a swell guy!

UPDATE: It appears even the NYT found this interview rather stunning and make part of it their "quote of the week."

Posted by Gregory at March 15, 2003 03:23 PM
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