The Inspector Calls

JOSEPH BARRAK/AFP

When is a flat tire simply a flat tire and when is it an act of sabotage that could ignite a war? As head of UNMOVIC, the U.N. inspection team charged with overseeing Iraqi disarmament, Hans Blix arrived in Baghdad last week to face such momentous questions. After touching down at Saddam International Airport, Blix fielded reporters' questions before being whisked away to the Al Rasheed Hotel. Iraqi Lieut. General Amer al Saadi later hosted talks with Blix and praised the Swedish diplomat's "integrity and impartiality." Blix thanked him for his "warm welcome," but added a sly reference to Iraqi obstruction,...

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