Blix says Iraq war planned…

Blix says Iraq war planned well in advance

The invasion of Iraq was planned a long time in advance, and the United States and Britain are not primarily concerned with finding any banned weapons of mass destruction, the chief UN weapons inspector, Hans Blix, said in an interview on Wednesday.

“There is evidence that this war was planned well in advance. Sometimes this raises doubts about their attitude to the (weapons) inspections,” Blix told Spanish daily El Pais.

Blix said that he thought the US might initially have believed Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction – although its “fabrication” of evidence raised doubts about even that – but that Washington was now less convinced by its own claims.

“I think the Americans started the war thinking there were some. I think they now believe less in that possibility.