Hans Blix

Hans Blix on Blair, the Chilcot report and the state of play before the Iraq war

In the months preceding the invasion, the UN inspection force that I headed had carried out some 700 inspections without finding any WMD, and in the months that followed investigators from the US came to the same conclusion. If the aim was to eradicate WMD the bloodshed, death and destruction has been meaningless. How convinced were the leaders in the US and UK of the existence of the weapons in the days and weeks before the war?

In a telephone conversation with Tony Blair on 20 February 2003, I suggested it would prove absurd if 200,000 troops were to invade Iraq and find very little. I spoke at that time after many hundreds of inspections ? including dozens to sites recommended by US and UK intelligence ? had yielded no evidence of a WMD programme.

Blair responded that the intelligence was clear: Saddam had revived his WMD programme. However, the French president, Jacques Chirac, had a different view. He told me and the International Atomic Energy Agency chief, Mohamed ElBaradei, that he thought there were no WMD and that the various national intelligence agencies had ?intoxicated? each other when sharing information. They had. In addition, the cautionary question marks they sometimes provided had been replaced by exclamation marks at the political level.

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We need Hans Blix to sort out these ratbags

Seriously need Hans Blix to sort out the dirty little ratbags north of the 38th parallel.



The Telegraph reports:

The United Nations Security Council has voted to tighten financial restrictions on North Korea in response to the country’s third nuclear test.

The US-drafted resolution, which was approved unanimously by the 15-nation council, was the product of three weeks of negotiations between the United States and China after the test on February 12.

Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, welcomed the council’s move, saying in a statement that the resolution “sent an unequivocal message to (North Korea) that the international community will not tolerate its pursuit of nuclear weapons.”

The US said that the sanctions would “bite hard.”? Read more »

Monday Moonbats

A couple of moonbat stories have dropped in my Inbox today so I thought i would bring you Monday Moonbats.

First up, the Green MEP , Caroline Lucas (a Member of the European Parliament, the UK Greens leader, and a very VERY good chance of taking the Brighton seat at the next General Election) who compares flying to Spain with stabbing someone. They are discussing a third runway at Heathrow, Lucas advocates stopping people from flying, the UKIP representative points out that this is restricting people’s liberty, she responds that society stops people from knifing people, the UKIP rep asks if flying to Spain is the same as knifing someone, and she responds with a clanging yes.

And The UK Greens are generally seen as more moderate than here.

Skip to about 14mins, and you’ll get the gist.

The second Monday Moonbat story is about need to be doing a lot more to reverse the global trend towards fatness, and recognise it as a key factor in the battle to reduce emissions and slow climate change.

The rising numbers of people who are overweight and obese in the UK means the nation uses 19% more food energy than 40 years ago, a study suggests.

That could equate to an extra 60 mega tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year, the team calculated.

Transport costs of a fatter population were also included in the International Journal of Epidemiology study.

Dr Phil Edwards, study leader and researcher at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said they had set out to calculate what the UK energy consumption would be if the weight of the population was put back a few decades.

A “normal” adult population, where only 3.5% are classed as obese, was compared with a population where 40% are obese.

So all the fatties are killing the planet. The Greens will be wanting to ban fatties now!

The Third Monday Moonbat Story is of course about Keith Locke and the Grant Robertson who think we need to be going to cuddle up to Muslim anti-semites all in the mistaken belief that it will be fighting racism.

The last Monday Moonbat story is about the Labour Party and Lynne Pillay who issued a press release praising up Cindy Kiro as some sort of modern heroine who fought evil to a stand still. This press release is perhaps one of the best examples of how out of touch Labour became with the electorate. That the praise to the high heavens one of the most hated civil servants shows how much they remain out of touch.

More Pork Pies from Pork Chop

Hot on her pig trotters of making shit up and having to issue grovelling apologies in this weeks national “Tony Veitch stalking til the death” Herald on Sunday, Pork decided to invade the privacy of plenty of her resource materials and link herself to them. The better entries…..

5. The best home-entertaining couple: Bill Ralston and Janet Wilson who seem to have a bottomless fridge.

Poor Bill and Janet. If its bad enough to be outed as inviting her over, Porkchop has tried to reach the bottom of their fridge. Of course the bludging pig should be bringing her own alcohol to be a good guest so we can only think Pork is talking about the food in the fridge.

Janet and Bill should apply for a WINZ grant to refill their fridge after Pork struck. Little wonder they both look so thin. Or perhaps Shayne Currie has another spare $20k to victims of Spy to compensate their economic and reputational loss.

9. Best place to stalk Paul Henry

Gannet Road cafe, Herne Bay, post morning show.

Guess he won’t be seen there again….well done Porkie. Gannet Road management will be impressed.

16. The Best Midnight Snack Kitchen

TVNZ…….Mike Valentine is a culinary whiz in the kitchen too. His early morning fry-ups are perfect to sober up any sozzled house guest. Trust me.

So Mike Valentine’s reputation is over. Porkie stayed at his house. The mind boggles what circumstances led to that.

24. The Best Suzy Homemaker

Susan Wood….beautifully kept Parnell townhouse, a fridge full of French champers and a propensity to entertain friends who turn up looking for a party. Guilty.

Once again Pork bludging around celebs for food and alcohol. Worse for Susan she now becomes the target for speculation among her friends as a source for gossip in Porkchop’s weekly works of fiction.

Conclusion: Porkie can expect a whole lot less invites now she’s paraded associations in Spy.