The war on Iraq was unjustified, according to former chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix.
And he accused Washington and London of exaggerating information from their intelligence services.
Asked if the United States and Britain had talked up the case for war, Blix - who led UN weapons inspectors in Iraq in the weeks before the conflict - replied: "They over-interpreted."
"No, I don't think so," Dr Blix told BBC radio when asked if the March 20 invasion that led to the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime was justified.
Comparing them to medieval witch-hunters, he said the two countries had convinced themselves on the basis of evidence which was later discredited.
Let's see - this is the guy who led the team whose job it was to prove WMD - one way or the other.
But he couldn't.
And what he couldn't know then, now he tosses around like it was as plain as day.
Thursday, September 18, 2003