Wednesday, September 22, 2004

No WMDs in Iraq

(From NoRightTurn)

So after 15 months of searching the Iraq Survey Group has concluded that there are absolutely no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, nor were there any signs that Saddam had plans to start on them any time soon.

As far as I can see, this is bad news. It's an undeniable fact that Saddam had chemical weapons at the end of the Gulf War (just ask the Kurds and the Iranians), that's why the inspectors were there in the first place. In fact, after doing a little searching I found that the UN inspectors destroyed samples of VX gas found in Iraqi labs as recently as 1999. (The Iraqi government claimed the Americans planted it there.) Now five years is a long time, but those that he had left over must have gone somewhere, and why would he have jerked the weapons inspectors around for so long if he wasn't hiding anything? I can't help but think that the jerking around was in order to buy time while he sold them, either to neighbouring nutcase dictators, or to some nutcase terrorists.

As far as I know no one knows just how much he had, but even a little bit is too much. That VX gas is pretty horrible stuff. I guess it's possible that he buried them out in the desert somewhere no one would ever look. That's probably the best case scenario...

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