Tuesday, December 24, 2002


America tore out 8000 pages of Iraq dossier:

THE United States edited out more than 8000 crucial pages of Iraq's 11,800-page dossier on weapons, before passing on a sanitised version to the 10 non-permanent members of the United Nations security council.

The full extent of Washington's complete control over who sees what in the crucial Iraqi dossier calls into question the allegations made by US Secretary of State Colin Powell that 'omissions' in the document constituted a 'material breach' of the latest UN resolution on Iraq.

This news has two major implications. 1) Gathering international support for a war on Iraq would be more difficult if the US made the non-permanent members of the Security Council (who received the sanitized dossier) feel like "second-class countries." 2) All this bluster about how Iraq has drastic omissions in its dossier can't be independently verified--any 'omissions' maybe just be censored information from the Iraq dossier.

What a dumb move. Even if the US didn't intentially tamper with or skew the dossier, other countries won't buy it.


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