1,646. 1/15/2000

“In January 2000, it [the U.N.] established the United Nations Monitoring Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC)… Under the terms of UNMOVIC, Iraq no longer had to eliminate its weapons of mass destruction in order to gain a reprieve from U.N. sanctions; it merely needed to demonstrate ‘cooperation.’ UNMOVIC was also designed to be ‘more aligned with the rest of the U.N. system, rather than being supported by the major Western countries’–another way of saying that it was designed to be less responsive to the United States’ concerns about Saddam Hussein’s predilection for doomsday weapons.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Lawrence F. Kaplan and William Kristol, The War Over Iraq, Page 31

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