December 30, 2003

WERE WE SAFER WHEN THE IAEA WAS INSPECTING SADDAM?:

Nuclear materials found in Libya (Daniel Williams, Dec. 30, 2003, WASHINGTON POST)

Now, government officials say, Gadhafi wants to lead his country of 5.5 million people into the global economy and increase production and marketing of Libya's large oil reserves and attract investment and trade.

"We can't afford guns and butter," Prime Minister Shokri Ghanem said.

Nonetheless, by setting up the clandestine program and importing equipment, the Libyans were in breach of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which Gadhafi's government had long ago signed. "There were some imports and some activities they should have reported," ElBaradei said.

In the veteran inspector's eyes, the findings highlighted the inadequacy of international inspections. IAEA teams have been visiting Libya for years and knew nothing about the equipment they saw Sunday. One location stood in urban neighborhoods along dirt alleys.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 30, 2003 7:06 PM
Comments

Did you see the hallucinatory story on Drudge today that Blair and Bush would be visiting Libya this summer to sign a mutual defense pact?

Posted by: David Cohen at December 30, 2003 8:29 PM

Isn't Blair supposed to go over fairly soon, with Bush going later in the year?

Posted by: oj at December 30, 2003 8:38 PM

Still wouldn't trust Qaddafi as far as I could throw him.

(And not only because of his wardrobe.)

These types are experts at buying time, changing topics, baiting and switching. Even (gasp!) lying.

Masters.

Q's telling us what we want to hear. And that's very problematic; because even though he feels under pressure (which is good, and yes, the result of the military intervention in Iraq, and a victory of sorts), he's doing his damnedest to deflect, to hide, to protect.

If he has, say, 10 sites, or 20, does it make a real difference that he exposes six or eight of them?

(It's not their fault really. They truly can't help themselves. They're murderous dictators, you see.)

Syria's Bashir's involved in the same basic exercise, having been exposed rather pubicly (though why people have to wait for "evidence" is simply bizarre) for sheltering terrorists who infiltrate into Iraq and Turkey (no one quite cares enough about the terrorist network he sponsors against Israel; that's old hat). And now Bashir is on a "peace offensive."

Caveat emptor, dudes.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at December 31, 2003 2:21 AM

"Still wouldn't trust Qaddafi as far as I could throw him."

Well, with your bad knee Ed, you shouldn't be throwing anybody. //end movie quote//

True about Qaddafi though. Although, I suspect that the war in Iraq(and the run up) was a prime motivator for him and Saddam's capture was what sealed the deal (from a 85/90% to 100% done deal).

Posted by: Benjamin at December 31, 2003 3:52 AM

The rubber will meet the road if Qaddafi tells us what he knows about the programs in Iran and North Korea, including locations and types (and any information on European contracts). Plus, he can probably be helpful with the Pakistani connections.

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 31, 2003 8:35 AM
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