The Age of Deception: Nuclear Diplomacy in Treacherous Times by Mohamed ElBaradei

By Mohamed ElBaradei

Whilst, in 1997, the foreign Atomic power employer unanimously elected Mohamed ElBaradei as its subsequent Director basic, few observers can have forecast the dramatic function he may play over the subsequent 12 years. definitely, the degree onto which Dr. ElBaradei stepped - that includes Saddam Hussein's Iraq, Kim Jong-Il's North Korea, Muammar al-Gaddafi's Libya, and the Islamic Republic of Iran - gave considerable chance for high-stakes and high-profile decision-making. yet nobody may have estimated that ElBaradei will be 'the guy within the center' of such a lot of nuclear conflicts over so sustained a time period. And after he and the IAEA have been together presented the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize, his function as middle-man in simple terms won depth. In "The Age of Deception", Dr. ElBaradei offers us his account from the centre of the nuclear fray. Readers will sit down on the dinner desk with Iraqi officers in Baghdad, listening as they bleakly expect the arrival struggle. they'll snoop on the exchanges among UN inspectors and U.S. officers watching the behind-the-scenes formula of an method of international coverage and international relations that will come to characterise the Bush management. We achieve a think for the trouble of the IAEA inspectors' fight to take care of objectivity while belief has been damaged, or whilst the click - or governments - are enjoying quick and unfastened with the evidence. "The Age of Deception" is a narrative of human imperfection, of recent society suffering to come back to grips with the a number of dimensions of human lack of confidence.

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General Amir al-Sa’adi, my melancholy dinner partner, turned himself in to coalition forces on April 12, 2003, after he learned that he was number thirty-two on the list of the most-wanted Iraqis and the seven of diamonds in the infamous deck of playing cards. He asked the German television station ZDF to film his surrender. ” It was clear to me then that our provisional conclusion regarding nuclear weapons was correct, because by that time al-Sa’adi had no reason to lie. In the years since, multiple sources have confirmed that the premise for the March 2003 invasion—the charge by the United States and the United Kingdom that Saddam Hussein’s WMD programs represented an imminent threat—was groundless.

The Agency is, in a sense, at the mercy of those it oversees. It can exercise only the authority it is given. When I began traveling in Arab countries as the IAEA Director General, for example, it was common for me to take strong criticism for the IAEA’s failure to “do something” about Israel’s nuclear program. 21 The aggravated Arab public, however, couldn’t have cared less; as far as they were concerned, we were biased and shirking our responsibility. In fact, if the general public fully understood the continuing unevenness of the IAEA’s authority, I believe there would be even greater concern.

Although not a member of the Ba’ath Party, he served as the scientific front man for the Iraqi government. Blix and I had steered the dinner conversation toward a critical theme: the need for more cooperation, more documentation. You insist you have no weapons of mass destruction, we said. You tell us you have not revived any of your prior WMD programs. But we cannot simply close the file where your records are incomplete. We need more evidence. The more transparency you show, the more documentation and physical proof you can produce, the better it will be for Iraq on the world stage.

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