Soldiers will be soldiers.

By Paul Eedle

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One Iraqi told me about a woman UNSCOM inspector's visit to a distinguished elderly university professor whom he knows - a scientist who graduated with Phds from both the United States and Britain.

"She pulled a pile of theses out of a drawer, one fell on the floor and she trod on it. He was furious. He said, 'if (she) had done this in America, I'd have punched her right on the nose.'"

A foreign diplomat who has watched the UNSCOM teams at work said one of the inspectors made a comment to him one day which seemed to say it all - "They're soldiers, and soldiers will behave like soldiers wherever they are."

Nils Carlström, a Swedish army Major General who's the senior UNSCOM person resident in Baghdad, told me that there had been only few cases of high-handed behaviour which had been endlessly recycled by the Iraqis.

"Since 1991 we have had thousands of people pass through. The examples the Iraqis give you can count on two hands. There are some examples that they keep coming back to," Carlström said.
 

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