The Greatest Threat: Iraq, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and the Crisis of Global Security

The Greatest Threat: Iraq, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and the Crisis of Global Security

The Greatest Threat: Iraq, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and the Crisis of Global Security

The Greatest Threat: Iraq, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and the Crisis of Global Security

Synopsis

The leader of the United Nations' weapons inspection team issues a scathing indictment of the West's failure to stop Saddam Hussein--and a stern warning about the future. of photos & maps.

Excerpt

The greatest threat to life on earth is weapons of mass destruction--nuclear, chemical, biological. These weapons do not exist in nature. They have been made by man, generally as the result of sophisticated research and complex, costly processes. Ironically, they are the product of some of the highest science, knowledge that should be applied to saving life rather than ending it.

The community of nations has recognized this threat; indeed, perhaps its most important achievement in the second half of the twentieth century was the weaving of a tapestry of treaties designed to contain and then eliminate it. This work was never easy, and its implementation has been challenged repeatedly. the most determined and diabolical of such challenges has been that mounted by the dictator of Iraq--Saddam Hussein.

For almost two decades, he has sought to acquire these weapons and the means of their delivery. in most cases, he has been successful and even took the further step of actually using them. This included their use against the people of Iraq. He shares with Adolf Hitler the infamy of having used chemicals for genocidal purposes.

Ten years ago, in response to this challenge to law and civilization, the community of nations isolated Iraq and imposed upon it stringent requirements for the removal of its weapons of mass destruction. That effort produced some good results, but it was opposed, root and branch, by Saddam. Every step in disarmament, every discovery and destruction of weapons and the means to make them, was achieved in the face of Iraqi concealment, deception, lying, and threats. the result is that, notwithstanding the massive amount of time and resources that were devoted to . . .

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