By Martin Savidge
(CNN) -- When I was a kid growing up in northeast Ohio I always liked the game of freeze. There was just something fun about scrambling around on the playground until someone shouted "Freeze!," causing the rest of us to petrify in the wildest of positions.
I still practice with my own kids every now and then in the cul-de-sac -- which is why I was intrigued to find out U.N. weapons inspectors in Iraq will soon be employing the same tactic in what is anything but a game.
CNN's Nick Robertson was telling me of some of the details he's learned about how weapons inspections, which begin Wednesday, will be carried out. High on the list: the old freeze ploy. As the inspectors enter a building, someone on the team shouts "freeze!" From that moment on, no one is allowed in or out.
Employing this tactic is a result of one of the lessons learned from the previous weapons inspections. A former inspector told me of how satellite imagery of inspection sites targeted by the U.N. teams during the prior rounds would often reveal an almost comical scene. Inspectors would head in the front door while those wishing to skip the inspection bolted out the back, often running a bit awkwardly laden down by something they were carrying. Satellites can see the infraction but despite all their technology, they still can't shout freeze.
Don't get me wrong here, I'm not making fun of what may become deadly serious business. Instead, I'm only suggesting that despite all the resolutions, technology and training, there is no replacement for good old human intelligence gathering.
Freeze may very well be the best way to determine whether or not Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is playing another children's game with weapons of mass destruction: Hide and seek.