Hans Blix (born in Uppsala, Sweden on June 28, 1928) was the head of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission during its operations in Iraq during 2000-2003.
Blix had previously been the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (1981-1997) and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden (1978-1979).
In the build up to the invasion of Iraq, which started well before September 11th 2001, he was subject to a smear campaign by the Bush Administration. This was because the inspectors under his command repeatedly discovered no evidence of weapons of mass destruction, which was not what the neoconservative administration required in its pursuit of a new order in the Middle East.
After three years he left his job and returned to Stockholm and said in an interview with The Guardian of the UK "I was smeared by the Pentagon whose spread things around, who planted nasty things in the media. Those bastards pursued me for three years." (He later admitted that the term "bastards" was stronger than he had intended, and said he'd picked the term up whilst a student in the UK and thought it was quite mild.)
In his report to the UN Security Council on February 14, 2003, Blix claimed that "If Iraq had provided the necessary cooperation in 1991, the phase of disarmament -- under resolution 687 -- could have been short and a decade of sanctions could have been avoided."  This contradicts stated U.S. policy throughout the 1990s, which was to maintain sanctions whatever the Iraqi regime did..
- Commissioner, Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission 
- President, World Federation of United Nations Associations 
- Advisory Council, European Policy Centre 
- Winner of the 2003 Olof Palme Prize 
- Winner of the 2007 Sydney Peace Prize
Resources and articles
- Commissioners, Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission, accessed October 8, 2007.
- President, Honorary Presidents and Vice-Presidents, World Federation of United Nations Associations, accessed December 23, 2008.
- Advisory Council, European Policy Centre, accessed February 22, 2009.
- Olof Palme Prize, The Olof Palme Memorial Fund, accessed November 20, 2009.
- Blix's BBC profile.
- Bill Galagher, "Serial liar Bush finally gets caught", Niagara Falls Reporter, 17 February 2004.: "'Many of these politicians have put exclamation marks where we put question marks.' -- Former Chief UN Weapons Inspector Hans Blix."
- "Hans Blix Says Iraq War Was Unfounded", Associated Press, February 25, 2004.
- "War in Iraq has stimulated terrorism", Agence France Press, October 13, 2004.
- "Warming as risky as weapons, says Blix", Sydney Morning Herald, April 16, 2005.