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Tuesday, September 17, 2002

What's the Catch?-Iraq now says that they will allow inspectors. Here's the letter Iraq sent to Kofi Annan, which says that Iraq is ready to "allow the return of the United Nations weapons inspectors to Iraq without conditions." However, I think I see the kicker here-"... the Government of the Republic of Iraq is ready to discuss the practical arrangements necessary for the immediate resumption of inspections." The Iraqis can buy time by vetoing any inspector it doesn't like in the "practical arrangements" section. They have played this game in the past, not liking American or British inspectors who would do their job too well. If the UN doesn't get a clarification that the members of the inspection team will be made by the UN and not Iraq, then we're back to square one.

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