segunda-feira, fevereiro 02, 2004
Excerto de um artigo no Daily Telegraph.
Was the intelligence on WMD wrong? Don't know. One can't be sure that stockpiles were not removed from Iraq. This, after all, was a regime that just before the first Gulf war sent its entire air force for safe-keeping in Iran. If the intelligence services were wrong, every Western service and regime, from France to America, from Clinton to Chirac, failed. It is conceivable that Saddam Hussein found it important to pretend that he had nuclear weapons. He might have been like any moronic hooligan or bank robber who, faced with the police, pretends they have a weapon and often die as they reach for their toy pistol - or sunglasses.
Iraq was a regime that had a nuclear reactor (before Israel bombed it), attempted to acquire technological information abroad, refused to follow 16 UN resolutions and periodically kicked out UN inspectors. If its WMD programme was only disinformation, it was believed because Iraq did its level best to make it credible.
President Bush's policy was that his was a pre-emptive doctrine. His action was based on the notion that once you find WMD it's too late. If deployment is to be the proof of their existence, the price tag becomes too high.
posted by Miguel Noronha 12:13 da tarde
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