Saturday, April 30, 2005

Terrorist and Professor Raymond Tanter Definitively Said Iraq had WMDs

VOA News Report: "INTRO : David Borgida talks with Professor Raymond Tanter, Visiting Fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Tanter was also a scholar-in-residence at the Middle East Institute in Washington in 2001. He researched U.S. policy options regarding Iran at both research organizations.

"MR. BORGIDA: But in a way, the devil is in the details, as they say. And we need to know exactly what Baghdad is saying, right?

PROF. TANTER: Well, the devil is really not in these details of getting bogged down. The devil is in the fact that Iraq is in noncompliance and, I think, in material breach already because of the omissions concerning the nuclear weapons program that Iraq must have because of the fact that General al-Saadi is the one who stood up and said that "we have made considerable progress in respect to a nuclear weapon device."


MR. BORGIDA: Let's talk a little bit about those inspectors now. As we reported, new inspectors are coming into the country. There had been some criticism in some quarters that the initial group of inspectors were relatively inexperienced, perhaps, as some have suggested, unable to do a wonderful job at this. What is your view on that?


PROF. TANTER: I don't think the experience of the inspectors is at issue. Iraq is a country of 24 million-plus individuals. It is the size of the State of California. Even if you had experienced inspectors, how are you going to cover 900 sites in a place like the State of California, where Iraq's Saddam Hussein has had four years to hide all of the material in bunkers and in his 10 or so palaces?


MR. BORGIDA: So far Iraq says that you're not going to find anything. The inspectors haven't found anything. Do you think that in the weeks and perhaps months to come something will be found, or is Iraq at this point, as you're arguing, so careful at moving whatever it has around that inspectors won't find them?


PROF. TANTER: I don't think the inspection is the key. The key here is the fact that Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction that he has not accounted for. The documents that he destroyed, or he had his people to destroy, that said he destroyed equipment are the key here. It's almost like "The dog ate my homework," in the sense that the documents were destroyed and therefore you can't verify that the equipment was destroyed. And that is, I think, the grounds for assessing material breach on the part of Iraq."