He's The Bane of Baghdad


Former UN weapons inspector Richard Butler

It has been three years since veteran Australian diplomat Richard Butler held the job of chief weapons inspector for the United Nations, but he is still no friend of Baghdad. Last week, as the U.N. rejected an Iraqi proposal to hold talks about the possible resumption of weapons inspections and the Bush Administration continued its saber rattling in Saddam Hussein's direction, Butler again found himself the target of Iraqi ire. "Hans Blix [head of the U.N.'s current weapons-inspection program] has inherited the same duties undertaken by the spy Butler," Iraq's Foreign Minister told one Arab newspaper. Butler's reaction: "Tired old stuff."...

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