When you don't care enough to fake the very best
Posted by aogFriday, 17 January 2003 at 07:42 TrackBack Ping URL
Apparently there is an issue with the Iraqi inspections where Iraq claims to have destroyed known chemical weapons but lost the paperwork. This is truly bizarre. Given that the weapons were found after the Gulf War, that Iraq has admitted that they existed, why not just fake the records of their destruction? Is Saddam so confident that the UN and its inspectors are on his side that he sees no need to even bother falsifying records? I'm stunned that Saddam didn't pursue this option as his primary technique. Why not just whomp up a whole pile of detailed documents about how the known weapons were destroyed? Kofi Annan, Hans Blix and the UN Security Council would have believed every letter.
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pj Friday, 17 January 2003 at 13:57

You’re assuming Saddam has a lot of people on his side and can get people to do a lot of work to create an elaborate charade. I suspect his people are trying to do as little as possible for him - whether because privately they don’t support him, or because they don’t want to get noticed - too much energy would be dangerous. Thus, the only things Saddam can get done are those he himself, or his sons, personally supervise. He probably didn’t have the idea or else the scope of the work was too great. Recall, their submission to the UN Dec 7 was mainly old documents stapled together.

Annoying Old Guy Friday, 17 January 2003 at 20:13

But he’s had over a decade to work on them. And it would seem that it would be a high priority item. On the other hand, there’s lots of evidence that Saddam is not what you’d call a sophisticated planner.

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