Global warming, not the prospect of major military conflict, poses a bigger threat to the world. Who said that? United Nations arms-inspection chief Hans Blix.
The United States government, said Blix on MTV News, "simply must be multilateral. There's no other way around. You have the instances like the global warming convention, the Kyoto protocol, when the U.S. went its own way. I regret it. To me the question of the environment is more ominous than that of peace and war. We will have regional conflicts and use of force, but world conflicts I do not believe will happen any longer. But the environment, that is a creeping danger. I'm more worried about global warming than I am of any major military conflict."
This confirms, yet again, why the French, Russians and Iraqis wanted him for his current job. Obtuse doesn't begin to describe Blix's unwillingness to declare, let alone confront, the obvious.
Blix's stint in his previous post as head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), from 1981-97, revealed his astonishing naivete, if not incompetence. According to National Review White House correspondent Byron York, " . . . On Aug. 6, 1991, The Washington Post ran a story headlined 'Baghdad Surreptitiously Extracted Plutonium; International Monitoring Apparently Failed.' The story, and several subsequent reports, revealed that Saddam had put together a massive and sophisticated nuclear-weapons program virtually under the nose of one Hans Blix, who was then head of the . . . IAEA, the group charged with monitoring compliance with the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. In the years leading up to 1991, Blix gave Saddam high marks for abiding by the treaty; the nuclear program was discovered in 1991 only after an Iraqi defector told authorities about it. Blix was stunned. 'The system was not designed to pick this up,' he told the Post . . .
"'(Blix) has a history of not being terribly aggressive,' says Gary Milhollin, of the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control. 'The Iraqis were given stars for good behavior, when in fact they were making bombs in the rooms next door to the ones the inspectors were going into.' Two other nuclear-arms experts, Paul Leventhal and Steven Dolley of the Nuclear Control Institute, have written that while the best arms inspectors are 'confrontational, refusing to accept Iraqi obfuscations and demanding evidence of destroyed weapons . . . IAEA was more accommodating, giving Iraqi nuclear officials the benefit of the doubt when they failed to provide evidence that all nuclear weapons components had been destroyed and all prohibited activities terminated.'"
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