With More at Stake, Less Will Be Verified

(Washington Post) David Kay - The experience with Iraq leaves the international community with a set of unhappy lessons: Voluntary arms control arrangements may fail to prevent or detect massive violations when faced with a clever, determined violator. Military action may stop short of removing the industrial and technical capabilities needed to support weapons of mass destruction programs, and leave untouched the political will that led a state to seek such capabilities. Finally, coercive disarmament by inspections, even when backed by economic sanctions and access to intelligence information, can fail when met by a determined regime that believes its own interests require possession of nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons. [The author served as chief nuclear weapons inspector of UNSCOM in 1991.]

2002-11-18 00:00:00

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