December 1, 2002
- Last week, weapons inspectors
carried out their duties without interference. This
has achieved the following:
- Strengthened the image of inspectors
as a credible, well-intentioned team to counter Saddam's accusations of them
being US collaborators seeking an excuse for war.
- It has given the US more time
to both continue its military build-up as well as
persuade more countries to join the
campaign against Saddam.
- And most importantly, it attempts
to give Saddam a false sense of security in the hope that
he reveals less of his arsenal of weapons on the 8th December, making it easier
for inspectors to prove him in 'material breach'.
- In the meantime, the UK government
is continuing its campaign to make the idea of regime
change more acceptable. They are now making direct appeals to Muslims in
Britain, explaining how dangerous Saddam is. The Foreign
Office is due to publish a report detailing
Saddam's human rights violations.
- The US government has welcomed an extensive study,
produced by a group of various Iraqi opposition groups
and individuals, that details the transition to democracy
as post-Saddam Iraq is mapped out.