The intent to acquire and produce weapons of mass destruction and their command and control disappeared with the Iraqi government. But the need to account for and destroy such weapons remains, though political and economic reconstruction is a higher priority.
Monitoring and veriﬁcation would not only prove the existence of weapons of mass destruction and vindicate the use of military force, but also provide an opportunity for the ‘new’ Iraq to come to terms with what Dr Hans Blix, head of the UN Monitoring, Veriﬁcation and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), and others have referred to as a long dark period in Iraq’s history.
Some insight into how this might be conducted was given to the US Senate by Defense Under Secretary Douglas Feith in February. He stressed the importance of an international approach in plans to redirect some dual-use facilities and scientiﬁc and managerial talent to legitimate civilian activities.