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06 June 2005

Bolton - The war plot thickens ...

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While the 'phony war' plot thickens and John Bolton still seeks U.S. Senate confirmation as America's U.N. ambassador, come claims of 'threats and menaces'.

In a weekend report by the Guardian newspaper, Associated Press are said to have been told by 'a spokeswoman' - that Bolton " ... would have no comment for [the] article."


It's easy to 'get the gist' of the piece from the Old Brit's following 'teasers'.

** John R. Bolton flew to Europe in 2002 to confront the head of a global arms-control agency and demand he resign, then orchestrated the firing of the unwilling diplomat in a move a U.N. tribunal has since judged unlawful, according to officials involved.

A former Bolton deputy says the U.S. undersecretary of state felt Jose Bustani ``had to go,'' particularly because the Brazilian was trying to send chemical weapons inspectors to Baghdad.

That might have helped defuse the crisis over alleged Iraqi weapons and undermined a U.S. rationale for war.

Bustani, who says he got a ``menacing'' phone call from Bolton at one point, was removed by a vote of just one-third of member nations at an unusual special session of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), at which the United States cited alleged mismanagement in calling for his ouster.

The United Nations' highest administrative tribunal later condemned the action as an " unacceptable violation'' of principles protecting international civil servants. The OPCW session's Swiss chairman now calls it an ``unfortunate precedent'' and Bustania " a man with merit.''

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Get the picture yet?

** Bolton has been criticized for supposed bullying of junior U.S. officials and for efforts to get them fired. Bustani, a senior official under the U.N. umbrella, says Bolton used a threatening tone with him and ``tried to order me around.'' **

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And it gets even more interesting -- if interesting isn't an understatement.

** After U.N. arms inspectors had withdrawn from Iraq in 1998 in a dispute with the Baghdad government, Bustani stepped up his initiative, seeking to bring Iraq - and other Arab states - into the chemical weapons treaty.

Bustani's inspectors would have found nothing, because Iraq's chemical weapons were destroyed in the early 1990s. That would have undercut the U.S. rationale for war because the Bush administration by early 2002 was claiming, without hard evidence, that Baghdad still had such an arms program.
**

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There's this, too;

** Former Bustani aide Bob Rigg, a New Zealander, sees a clear U.S. motivation: ``Why did they not want OPCW involved in Iraq? They felt they couldn't rely on OPCW to come up with the findings the U.S. wanted.'' **

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Click the link below to read the full Guardian story. It's written by Charles J. Hanley, Associated Press, Special Correspondent.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5052309,00.html

6 Comments:

Blogger Elaine Supkis said...

Bolton is a Nazi. He does a great job snarling like one only he makes Hitler look good. Gads, that stupid mustache...

7:28 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

I've just changed the piece title, to something much more apt.

Incidentally Elaine,

I emailed you to ask what had happened to your 'Koran' piece. The full piece can't any longer be reached from your front page - it's gone. Was that done by you, or somebody else?

7:55 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What will it take to wise folk up? Hearing about the Downing Street Memo and now finding out what this criminal was up to, to help start the war on Iraq ..... it should be plain to everyone.

The Bush crew lied .... so hundreds of thousands have died ... and so will many more.

9:10 pm  
Blogger D.F. Facti said...

Bolton's mission is to destroy the United Nations. It's the only international body of any power that possibly could put any kind of a leash on the Nazis running the United States. As much as I love my country and detest what these ghouls are doing to incite hatred of it, I keep hoping that a LARGE international contingency assembles to put BushCo in its place. What a disaster these people are.

10:56 pm  
Anonymous sophia. teresa. said...

to dear how this this old brit sees it.we came in my clsass to read about the vote no of the europe conistution we read now all of your blogs. we think yo theclever man and also are all your other friends. you do allsay all of the truths. we now all are to read your all the blogs.please, we at all the evrey childrens schools across of all the whole world know that the president bush and his others bad friends is the liar telling.to tell us if you please, that why citizens peoples from livingin america do not make the impeachment of him/?

thank you if you please. from the friends yours. sophia teresa

12:04 am  
Blogger Richard said...

Thank you very much for writing to me Sophia [&?] Teresa.

Unfortunately, I don't have an answer to your question. I wish I did. Maybe someone else can say. If I can ever answer any other questions for you, I will.

Please tell me where you are writing from? I'd love to know. :^)

1:38 am  

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