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  • The problem with this conversation is you state, as fact "weapons inspections aren't working." That skews the entire conversation. The weapons inspections are working according to Blix and El Baradei who are actually running the inspections. They aren't working perfectly, but they are working, and they've made considerable progress in 11 weeks. They've collected so much data haven't processed all of it yet.

    And according to Scott Ritter, who was the chief inspector for UNSCOM from 1991-1998 inspections
    • The weapons inspections are working according to Blix and El Baradei who are actually running the inspections.

      That is false. Inspections require unconditional and complete cooperation. This is absolutely clear from the UN resolutions. Please read them. If there is not complete cooperation, inspections are definitionally not working. There is no grey area. It is a delightful fancy, but it is not reality.

      Nation after nation recognizes that inspections are not working. France and Germany are basically the only significant holdouts.

      Even Kofi Annan, just last week, said that the UN must take additional action to disarm Iraq, that a new resolution is probably going to be necessary. He would not have said this if inspections were working. The only reason we would need another resolution is if the current resolutions -- which define the nature of the inspections regime -- are not working.

      As to your alternative: it says nothing about disarmament. I asked for alternatives for disarmament. I am unconcerned with something that does not address the mandate for disarmament.