The U.N.’s War Dividend

Under Terry Gross’s fine questioning on Fresh Air today, Hans Blix pointed out that the U.N.’s reports on WMD in Iraq proved to be much more accurate than all the national reports on the same question, from the U.S. and U.K. In view of the tragedy that resulted from the bad national reports, he argued that this demonstrates the fitness of international inspection bodies.

The neocons have of course been trying to discredit the U.N. forever (concern for Israel is again a factor). They will, for instance, tell you all about the Iraqi oil-for-food scandal, the details of which I have somehow forgotten. Isn’t it funny, though, how the war they pushed for in Iraq has backfired on their agenda? It has wound up giving the U.N. more prestige (and driven Bush to seek out an international consensus on Iran).

The U.N.’s War Dividend