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The Greatest Threat

Auteur : Richard Butler
Éditeur : PublicAffairs Date & Lieu : 2000, New York
Préface : Pages : 264
Traduction : ISBN : 1-891620-53-3
Langue : AnglaisFormat : 160x240 mm
Code FIKP : Liv. Eng. But. Gre. N° 4643Thème : Politique

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The Greatest Threat

The Greatest Threat

Richard Butler


Today a decade after Operation Desert Storm, Saddam Hussein has freed himself from controls over his weapons of mass destruction. He is rebuilding his chemical and biological weapons and the nuclear weapon, which was almost within his grasp in 1990, is back on his drawing board, front and center. He is extending the range of his missiles that could carry these weapons to Israel, Iran or beyond. Any use of these weapons, directly or through terrorist action in major cities—New York or London—could kill millions. The world would be thrown into chaos. And the ensuing disaster will be all the more tragic because it could have been avoided.

Civilization may face no greater enemy than Saddam Hussein, and yet, as Richard Butler makes clear in his gripping and terrifying The Greatest Threat, the major powers allowed Saddam to face them down. Richard Butler was not the type to surrender to the Iraqis, not when he knew what was at stake. As the head of UNSCOM, the special United Nations Commission that was supposed to regularly inspect Iraq for weapons violations, Butler was the world's "sheriff"—the one person on the ground with the authority to shut the Iraqis down if he caught them cheating. But that authority was undermined behind his back. Kofi Annan, in the name of diplomacy, agreed to Hussein's outrageous demands and then claimed victory. Russia's Foreign Minister took secret payoffs from the Iraqis in exchange for his support. The French, eager to do business with the dictator, undercut American efforts to force Hussein to comply. Butler found himself the target of a major Iraqi and Russian propaganda campaign and, ultimately, alone.

The Greatest Threat tells the inside story of the UN's failed attempt to stop Saddam and explains the terrible cost of that failure. It also presents a striking new vision for how Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program—and such programs in general—can be stopped. An arousing, disturbing and important work. The Greatest Threat is essential reading for anyone who cares about the fate of the globe.

Ambassador Richard Butler was appointed to lead UNSCOM on July 1. 1997. From 1992-1997, Butler was the Australian Ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations. In 1994. Butler was elected President of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, in 1995 he chaired the Canberra Commission on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, and in 1996 Butler led the United Nations to adopt a comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty. Butter is now Diplomat in Residence at the Council on Foreign Relations. He and his wife live in New York.

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