4,694. 3/7/2003

“[I]n his report to the UN on 7 March [2003], here is what [chief UN weapons inspector] Hans Blix said about Iraq’s cooperation. Having stated that it was increasing, which, as he put it in somewhat of an understatement, ‘may well be due to outside pressure,’ he then addressed the matter of interviews and documents: ‘It is obvious that, while the numerous initiatives, which are now taken by the Iraqi side with a view to resolving some long-standing open disarmament issues, can be seen as *active,* or even *proactive,* these initiatives 3-4 months into the new resolution [1441] cannot be said to constitute *immediate* cooperation.’ ”

 – Tony Blair, A Journey, Page 425

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