March 19, 2013 - On the tenth anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, Renee Montagne talks to Hans Blix, the former chief U.N. weapons inspector, who's mission in Iraq was ended by the invasion. The invasion's aim was to rid Iraq of its stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction. But it turns out there were none.
BLIX: Well, if they had simply said that, that you will not ever be able to be absolutely sure, but they went much beyond that. They asserted that there were weapons. Now, we didn't exclude - even in the last moment - that there could be some weapons. But as inspections proceeded, then we became more doubtful. And, as also the evidence that they submitted from the Bush administration and from the U.K. fell apart in large measure, then our doubts increased. Transcript>>>
18 March 2004 - Speaking on the anniversary of the United States' invasion of Iraq, originally declared as a pre-emptive strike against a madman ready to deploy weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), the man first charged with finding those weapons said that the U.S. government has "the same mind frame as the witch hunters of the past" — looking for evidence to support a foregone conclusion.
"There were about 700 inspections, and in no case did we find weapons of mass destruction," said Hans Blix, the Swedish diplomat called out of retirement to serve as the United Nations' chief weapons inspector from 2000 to 2003 read more>>>
27 February 2013 - The UN's former chief weapons inspector, Hans Blix, has spoken about the "tragic and terrible" decision to start the Iraq war.
Mr Blix was speaking to Newsnight's Kirsty Wark as part of a special programme marking the upcoming 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq.
The invasion of Iraq led by US troops, in coalition with the UK and other nations, began on 20 March 2003. read more and watch video>>>