The Nuclear Expert Who Never Was By Scott Ritter

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By Scott Ritter
06/27/08 “

I am a former U.N. weapons inspector. I started my work with the United Nations in September 1991, and between that date and my resignation in August 1998 I participated in over 30 inspections, 14 as chief inspector. The United Nations Special Commission, or UNSCOM, was the organization mandated by the Security Council with the implementation of its resolutions requiring Iraq to be disarmed of its weapons-of-mass-destruction capabilities. While UNSCOM oversaw the areas of chemical and biological weapons, and ballistic missiles, it shared the nuclear file with the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA. As such, UNSCOM, through a small cell of nuclear experts on loan from the various national weapons laboratories, would coordinate with the nuclear safeguards inspectors from the IAEA, organized into an “Action Team” dedicated to the Iraq nuclear disarmament problem. UNSCOM maintained political control of the process, insofar as its executive chairman was the only one authorized to approve a given inspection mission. At first, the IAEA and UNSCOM shared the technical oversight of the inspection process, but soon this was transferred completely to the IAEA’s Action Team, and UNSCOM’s nuclear staff assumed more of an advisory and liaison function.

In August 1992 I began cooperating closely with IAEA’s Action Team, traveling to Vienna, where the IAEA maintained its headquarters. The IAEA had in its possession a huge cache of documents seized from Iraq during a series of inspections in the summer of 1991, and together with other U.N. inspectors I was able to gain access to these documents for the purpose of extracting any information which might relate to UNSCOM’s non-nuclear mission. These documents proved to be very valuable in that regard, and a strong working relationship was developed. Over the coming years I frequently traveled to Vienna, where I came to know the members of the IAEA Action Team as friends and dedicated professionals. Whether poring over documents, examining bits and pieces of equipment (the IAEA kept a sample of an Iraqi nuclear centrifuge in its office) or ruminating about the difficult political situation that was Iraq over wine and cheese on a Friday afternoon, I became familiar with the core team of experts that composed the IAEA Action Team.



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  2. Misconceptions
    I am amazed at how many people perceive the account of how the devil told Jesus that he owns all the kingdoms of the world, and that he would give them to Jesus, if Jesus would bow down and worship him. Many believe that indeed the devil owns and rules this world, have they not read the words of Jesus, that the devil is the father of lies. What a huge misconception this is for Christians who believe these lies.
    Do you remember how God had to put right Nebuchadnezzar’s foolishness by giving him a message from angelic beings called watchers and holy ones in the book of Daniel, ch 4 v 17.
    I quote, “This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones, to the intent that the living my know that the most High rules in the kingdom of men, and He gives it to whomsoever He will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.”
    Now you can see that the wicked one rules and owns nothing on this earth, he may lie to men like Nebuchadnezzar, and other evil rulers of this world, but they all come to a very sorry end indeed. History has proved it over and over again, so do not be deceived when you see evil men in power, for surely in a little while they shall be no more. Let us always remember that God rules in heaven and on earth and gives it to whoever He wants to. Psalm 83 v 18, “That men may know that thou whose name alone is Jehovah art the most High over all the earth.”

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