In Shifting Sands: The Truth About UNSCOM and the Disarming of Iraq | Chicago Reader

In Shifting Sands: The Truth About UNSCOM and the Disarming of Iraq

Scott Ritter, a former UN weapons inspector in Iraq, directed this 2001 video arguing that the U.S. repeatedly corrupted the inspections process. Ritter claims that his boss, Richard Butler, directed him to force a confrontation with Iraq so that the U.S. could bomb without the Security Council's authorization. But Ritter's thesis is undercut by the muddled account of his decade-long search for weapons of mass destruction: in 1992, he says, Iraq had told a “big lie”; soon afterward he's convinced Iraq is clean; and soon after that “concealment” is once again the issue. There's a memorable scene in which Iraqis stopping an inspection cover the camera lens with their hands, but otherwise this talking-heads session, financed by an Iraqi-American businessman, is more raw data than finished documentary. 92 min.

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