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October 9, 2004

Weaponswise, Everything New Is Old Again

Adding Marc Comtois to my mental tally of bloggers who've noted the Duelfer report, I thought how much of an absence my own failure to do so must seem. The fact of the matter is that the whole thing just feels, well, old. In fact, rereading my piece on Tech Central Station — from January — I'm actually a bit surprised at how well it still stands up, including the political conclusion:

Whatever story emerges with time, only the constant misinterpretation of comments and redirection of emphasis -- the public's own failure of intelligence -- prevent the broad realization that we already know as much as we ever needed. Angry columnists and candidates may mock the President's explicit reference to "programs," but the existence of those programs is indeed the salient factor. We couldn't -- and still can't -- know the extent to which they were applied in Iraq… or elsewhere.

ADDENDUM:
Patrick Sweeney adds a layer to the report's significance:

Hell will have frozen over before the Vatican realizes what a threat to the world the United Nations has been, is now, and could be.

Unaccountable bureaucrats, secrecy, and money changing hands: this is not bringing about the Kingdom of God but bringing about the culture of death.

Of course, it's not just the Vatican that invests undeserved faith in the U.N.

Posted by Justin Katz at October 9, 2004 10:12 AM
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