March 19, 2003

MEANWHILE, on Planet Blix: If

MEANWHILE, on Planet Blix:

If Iraq has chemical or biological weapons, it will probably refrain from using them against attacking US troops, Chief UN arms inspector Hans Blix said. He told a news conference that Iraq was "capable of building warheads" to carry toxins, but said it was an open question whether it had the weapons.

The main constraint was not technical but political, Blix said.

"World public opinion, which they study quite a lot, is feeling in large measure that going to war is too early. That skepticism would turn immediately around if they used chemical or biological weapons," he said.

Sure, Hans. Iraq is famous for its sensitivity to world opinion.

Posted by Tim Blair at March 19, 2003 10:00 AM