5,543. 1/5/2004

In early January 2004, former chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix wrote: “the resumed search for weapons in Iraq has been pursued for more than a year–by UNMOVIC [UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission] before the occupation and by U.S. teams, mainly the Iraq Survey Group (ISG), thereafter. While both groups have identified missile-related activities, including the production of missiles whose range contravened UN restrictions, it seems highly improbable that any significant stocks or stores of other prohibited weapons or items would have escaped discovery, had they existed. Considering the miserable economic and social situation of Iraqi scientists, military people and technical experts, the rewards promised to persons who helped to reveal any stocks should have produced leads and results.” [The 5th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Hans Blix, Disarming Iraq, Page 258

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