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You Keep Using That Word

Saddam Hussein offered to allow weapons inspectors back into Iraq "without conditions," but now appears to be backing away from that commitment:

At the UN, Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri delivered a message from President Saddam Hussein, accusing Washington of lying about Iraq's weapons.

Saddam Hussein insisted that Baghdad does not possess chemical, biological or nuclear weapons.

His letter also appeared to qualify Baghdad's surprise announcement on Monday that the UN could resume unfettered weapons inspections.

He said any inspectors must respect arrangements on Baghdad's "sovereignty and security", raising fears that Iraq might prevent access to so-called presidential sites and other sensitive areas.

First it's "without conditions," but now, well, there are conditions. This reminds me of a line from The Princess Bride:

                VIZZINI         He didn't fall? Inconceivable!

                INIGO
        (whirling on VIZZINI)
        You keep using that word -- I do not think it means what you think it means.

Where is the Man in Black when we need him?

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