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March 02, 2004

From USA Today...

...a little blivet on the UN has now decided that Saddam had no WMDs after 1994 (but did still have some programs up and running).

U.N.: Iraq had no WMD after 1994 By Bill Nichols, USA TODAY UNITED NATIONS — A report from U.N. weapons inspectors to be released today says they now believe there were no weapons of mass destruction of any significance in Iraq after 1994, according to two U.N. diplomats who have seen the document. The historical review of inspections in Iraq is the first outside study to confirm the recent conclusion by David Kay, the former U.S. chief inspector, that Iraq had no banned weapons before last year's U.S-led invasion. It also goes further than prewar U.N. reports, which said no weapons had been found but noted that Iraq had not fully accounted for weapons it was known to have had at the end of the Gulf War in 1991.

The report, to be outlined to the U.N. Security Council as early as Friday, is based on information gathered over more than seven years of U.N. inspections in Iraq before the 2003 war, plus postwar findings discussed publicly by Kay.

Kay reported in October that his team found "dozens of WMD-related program activities" that Iraq was required to reveal to U.N. inspectors but did not. However, he said he found no actual WMDs.

Okay, this will be more fodder for the "Bush Lied" and similar thoughts crowd.

My take? This is closer to the police shooting someone waving an unloaded pistol or realistic toy weapon around - if the individual had complied with the police requests to put down the object, they wouldn't have gotten shot.

Similarly, if Saddam had complied with the requirements of the UN resolutions, he would still be relaxing in luxury, watching videos of his sons feeding people to industrial shredders, or personally shooting someone in the head, or kicking the stool out from under the feet of some poor soul whose wire-wrapped neck is suspended from a hook in the ceiling. All he had to do was comply, and he'd still be ruling.

Of course the Moonbat brigade will say this is Amadou Diallo all over again. I say it's the insane serial murderer loose on the streets with an empty gun or nice big knife - and the police did what they had to do.

The whole story is here.