June 25, 2003


Hans Blix reveals another of his formerly hidden agendas:

Dr Blix, speaking after his last official function before retiring as chief UN weapons inspector on 30 June, also praised the Australian scientists who went to Baghdad before the war, to help search for Iraq's weapons. "They were excellent," he said.

"We had lots of staff from Australia, very competent staff. Australia is one of the most active (nations) on non-proliferation, maybe because you are producing yellowcake and uranium, and you have a sore conscience."

Yeah, that's us, Blixy. All guilty and sore. Now go away.

Posted by Tim Blair at June 25, 2003 02:35 AM

what a dope

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at June 25, 2003 at 03:50 AM

Think of it as a public service, Tim. It's really quite obliging of Blix not to discipline his mouth. As time goes on he's blurting out reason after reason why we were right to have scorned his pose as a disinterested referee. The guy is a euroweenie politician, and nothing more. I hope he continues to let his mouth run away with him.

Posted by: Harry at June 25, 2003 at 04:32 AM

I can't help it, but every time I see Blix I laugh, because in our house a "blix" has become a frontbottom.

Posted by: Toryhere at June 25, 2003 at 08:37 AM

As usual, follow the link. This story is about Blix' s assessment that Australia followed US intelligence rather than Blix's reports to the UN in making its decision to go to war.

Tim's quoting out of context from the fifth paragraph.

There's a lot more to the story. But it's inconvenient for Tim to address the real thrust, so he fastens on an irrelevance.

Posted by: Bon Scott at June 25, 2003 at 11:18 AM

Bon, I fail to see why it's out of context. Blix made the statement that Australians are active in the non-proliferation movement because we're feeling guilty about producing uranium. Nothing in the full text of the article disputes that, context or not.

Posted by: Glenn at June 25, 2003 at 12:32 PM

Tim doesn't want to talk about the key issue in the story. Silliness is more his speed.

Posted by: Bon Scott at June 25, 2003 at 12:41 PM

Someone who uses the name of a dead rock star who choked on his own vomit to post on other peoples' websites is, of course, dead serious and should always be respected.

Oops! Didn't mean to not focus on the key issue as per dead man's instructions!

Posted by: Andrea Harris at June 25, 2003 at 12:46 PM

That's right - it's wrong to speak ill of the dead, don't you know.

Posted by: Bon Scott at June 25, 2003 at 01:20 PM

Blix: `...bought up intelligence...'
Hmmn, let us see.

Scene: HQ, Canberra; a meeting between top spies of Asio, ONA, CIA, MI5.
Time,it is a secret but one shall pass on ( this missive has been cleared) occurred sometime in February.
Also cleared is this snippet from an ultra secret briefing during the meeting.

`Well, chaps, we believe we have come up with an operation which will secure evidence that will show conclusively, a certainty of 1, Hussein possesses all that has been claimed.

The bank of England has co-operated by providing this photograph of a 200 million pounds note.Hussein has, via a top Irai official who is referred to as, Comical Ali, see, gentlemen, attached report,agreed to exchange all his records of his WMDS and programme for this photograph.'

That sums up Blix, your bit of loony nonsense.
Right chaps

Posted by: d at June 25, 2003 at 03:44 PM

No, Hans, we have good scientists BECAUSE we are not technophobic European losers who get all worked up over technology they don't understand. And we are active on non-proliferation because we actually have some democratic freedoms to defend against the terrorists who want to kill us, something that postmodern Europe is about to "transcend" if its new constitution goes through.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off for a spot of dugong-clubbing.

Posted by: Alan Anderson at June 25, 2003 at 04:52 PM

Bon Scott, the real Bon Scott, was a hard living rock legend. Not some wanker. Post under your real name so we know who to scorn you wanker.
As far as guilt goes...not this Aussie. Uranium is making a needed income for a nation short on population. Perhaps you would prefer we hike the taxes X% across the board to meet the funding needed for such things as defense, health-care, roads, social welfare (the dole for Bon Scottites), international aid programs, bi-nation good will projects (in Thailand, New Guinea, Suva, Fiji et al) etc. As a small nation we can hardly ignore any stream of revenue. Please correct me if I am misguided....last time I checked these products (yes very radioactive) were NOT for bombs, but for power plants. I'm not 100% on all the nations we sell to so enlighten me.

Posted by: Jake D at June 25, 2003 at 10:20 PM

Australian policy has always been aimed at this Jake.

Posted by: Norman at June 25, 2003 at 11:48 PM

Most of Europe (and especially France) is dependant on nuclear power. Without this they wouldn't even come close to getting their so called greenhouse gas targets.

How much does Germany depend on nukes??? ask Blixie he knows... sore indeed....

Posted by: Rob at June 26, 2003 at 09:50 AM

Sweden gets 40% of its electricity from nuclear power plants. I wonder what they use in their reactors?

Posted by: Paul Johnson at June 26, 2003 at 05:14 PM


Posted by: Andrea Harris at June 27, 2003 at 03:25 AM

Sore consicence, Blixy? Whose fucking country looked the other way when the Holocaust occurred? Who shut their fucking eyes when Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia got forcibly incorporated into the Soviet Union? Go back to Sweden and see if you can't give your country's foreign policy an ounce of fucking courage you Scandinavian loser!

Posted by: Evil Right-Wing Bastard at June 28, 2003 at 12:32 AM