Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Libya's WMD 

The Carnegie Endowment presents a "fact sheet," basically a timeline of developments in Libya's unconventional weapons programs, from the 1970s to the present dismantling of the programs. There's something conspicuously absent between these two sentences:

It signed the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) in 1969, ratified it in 1975, and placed its nuclear facilities under International Atomic Energy Association safeguards in 1980.

On 19 December 2003, Libya announced it would halt its unconventional weapons programs and eliminate any stockpiles of weapons under international verification and supervision.
There's a serious lack of context. How about "On 20 March 2003, American and British forces launched a military campaign to disarm and remove a dictator suspected of possessing weapons of mass destruction?" Or maybe "13 December 2003, American forces apprehended former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein?" Interesting how it was only six days later that Qaddafi suddenly decided to play nice... Hmm. Probably a coincidence.

The fact sheet also contains this tidbit:

Libya's decision was the culmination of nine months of secret negotiations between Libyan, US, and British officials. In March 2003, Musa Kussa, President Qaddafi's chief of intelligence, approached British M16 officials seeking to negotiate WMD disarmament in exchange for normalization of ties.
Well, let's see... counting nine months backward from 19 December 2003, that would be... gosh, right around 20 March. That's probably a coincidence too.
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