Iraqi Compliance: An Oxymoron

If I got to be Secretary General of the U.N. for a day….
Secretary General Bear: And now, we call Dr. Hans Blix to report on the progress of weapons inspections in Iraq.
Dr. Blix: Thank you, Secretary General. If I may begin…
Secretary General Bear: Dr. Blix, please answer the following question either “yes” or “no”. Has Iraq complied fully and immediately with all provisions of 1441, which, as you may recall, was drafted “to afford Iraq, by this resolution, a final opportunity to comply with its disarmament obligations under relevant resolutions of the Council” ?
Dr. Blix: Respectfully, Secretary General, the situation is more complex than can be addressed —
Secretary General Bear: Yes, or no, Dr. Blix?
Dr. Blix: I fail to see the need for —
Secretary General Bear: Yes, or no?
Dr. Blix: Very well; no, however —-
Secretary General Bear: Thank you for your report, Dr. Blix, you may step down.
Dr. Blix: But significant progress has been demon–
Secretary General Bear: You may step down, Dr. Blix.
Dr. Blix: Signs of greater openness are emerg—
Secretary General Bear: Shut up, Dr. Blix.
I’m not holding my breath to see this scene played out, of course. But let’s recap, on a more point-by-point basis, where Iraq stands as per its obligations under Resolution 1441. I’ll do this Fisking-style: the full text of the “meaty” part of the resolution will be included below, with my comments interspersed. Onward:
The Security Council…1. Decides that Iraq has been and remains in material breach of its obligations under relevant resolutions, including resolution 687 (1991), in particular through Iraq