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Weapons Of Mass Destruction In Iraq

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The United Nations has determined that Saddam Hussein shipped weapons of mass destruction components as well as medium-range ballistic missiles before, during and after the U.S.-led war against Iraq in 2003.

The UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission briefed the Security Council on new findings that could help trace the whereabouts of Saddam’s missile and WMD program.

The briefing contained satellite photographs that demonstrated the speed with which Saddam dismantled his missile and WMD sites before and during the war. Council members were shown photographs of a ballistic missile site outside Baghdad in May 2003, and then saw a satellite image of the same location in February 2004, in which facilities had disappeared.

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The Baghdad missile site contained a range of WMD and dual-use components, UN officials said. They included missile components, reactor vessel and fermenters – the latter required for the production of chemical and biological warheads.
“It raises the question of what happened to the dual-use equipment, where is it now and what is it being used for,” Ewen Buchanan, Perricos’s spokesman, said. “You can make all kinds of pharmaceutical and medicinal products with a fermenter. You can also use it to breed anthrax.”

The UNMOVIC report said Iraqi missiles were dismantled and exported to such countries as Jordan, the Netherlands and Turkey. In the Dutch city of Rotterdam, an SA-2 surface-to-air missile, one of at least 12, was discovered in a junk yard, replete with UN tags. In Jordan, UN inspectors found 20 SA-2 engines as well as components for solid-fuel for missiles.

“The problem for us is that we don’t know what may have passed through these yards and other yards elsewhere,” Buchanan said. “We can’t really assess the significance and don’t know the full extent of activity that could be going on there or with others of Iraq’s neighbors.”

UN inspectors have assessed that the SA-2 and the short-range Al Samoud surface-to-surface missile were shipped abroad by agents of the Saddam regime. Buchanan said UNMOVIC plans to inspect other sites, including in Turkey.

In April, International Atomic Energy Agency director-general Mohammed El Baradei said material from Iraqi nuclear facilities were being smuggled out of the country.

So. It appears that even the UN agrees that Iraq had WMDs, just like the CIA, Bush, and Blair said.

I don’t expect any minds to be changed. Those who scream “BUSH LIED” are unlikely to be swayed by mere facts.

Saddam Hussein himself could have been found in his “spider hole” with a plutonium rod stuck up his ass, and the Left would still claim Bush was the bad guy.

Anyway, WMDs or no WMDs, Iraq finally has a decent, semi-democratic system of government. Saddam is in a cell. His monstrous sons are dead.

That’s something to be happy about, right? Or is all news bad news when a Republican is in the White House?

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  • boomcrashbaby

    Saddam Hussein himself could have been found in his “spider hole” with a plutonium rod stuck up his ass, and the Left would still claim Bush was the bad guy.

    It’s been my perception that the Left hasn’t claimed Bush was the bad guy because he took down Saddam. They claimed Bush was the bad guy for a myriad of other reasons. I’ve never heard anybody on the Left who would say Saddam should still be in power, so this whole line of thought is misleading.

    Or is all news bad news when a Republican is in the White House?

    A lot of people on the Left don’t like any Republican. A lot of people on the Right don’t like any Democrat.

    Personally, there are Republicans I wouldn’t mind in the White House. I don’t hate the politics of them all. I don’t foresee any of them making it though. I personally believe the neo-con’s and their agenda have hijacked the party’s platform. Those who run the party are far far more conservative than those citizens who still vote Republican, IMO. The last really good Republican in the White House was Lincoln, so there could be another one someday.

  • JR

    The last really good Republican in the White House was Lincoln, so there could be another one someday.

    What about Teddy Roosevelt?

  • boomcrashbaby

    oh yeah, it was late. I forgot about him. He was good. The Sherman Act, (being an arbiter of capital vs. labor), conservationism, world policy…yeah, he was another good leader who made great achievements in what are now Democratic platforms.

  • JR

    I don’t expect any minds to be changed. Those who scream “BUSH LIED” are unlikely to be swayed by mere facts.

    Bush “lied” in the specifics – he gave discredited evidence, after it had been discredited. Whether he knew that is an open question; as is the question of whether or not ignorance is an excuse. At this point, the dispute has more to do with semantics; neither side is going to be swayed by mere facts.

  • http://www.resonation.ca Jim Carruthers

    I actually read the story, and the UN reports, and the gist is that Iraq had dismantled components which had the _potential_ to be weapons. Hardly a smoking gun or justification. Meanwhile the USA continues to proliferate nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, while the real damage is being done with small arms and landmines.

    Sorry, but you get a C- with a must-try-harder with wish fullfillment.

  • http://www.unproductivity.com Tom Johnson

    The problem is, these are exactly the items Saddam (and you and those like you) claimed over and over Iraq didn’t have. He did and now we have proof. It doesn’t matter if they were components or assembled, these are the items that Bush & Blair had claimed were there in the first place. Now that it’s proven, you’re just offering justifications of why it doesn’t fit the scenario of what you assumed they would find. Components of WMD or fully assembled WMD – what difference does it make? How much work would it have taken to put them together? As much as it took to take them apart – in other words, not much. If they bothered to dismantle them at the last minute, they could easily have reversed that.

  • http://www.jackejett.com jack e. jett

    wmd’s, mood rings, spandex, 8 tracks tapes, mescaline, 10 dollar bags of pot, grand funk railroad, are all things of the past.

    we must find a new reason to destroy another country.

    wmd’s, are sooooo last year.

    jack e. jett

  • Eric Olsen

    pet rocks as well – however you look at this, it – if nothing else – swings some of the momentum back away from “the reposts were wrong, there was nothing there, Bush lied, Saddam wasn’t dangerous, this whole thing was about (insert one) oil, hegemony, blood lust, ego, greed, blowing up brown people, other purely nefarious motivations.

    The facts on the ground have jolted me out of some of my misconceptions, are those rabidly against the war/Bush/etc open to having any of their cherished beliefs brought to question?

  • MCH

    “Honor the Fallen”
    http://www.militarycity.om/valor/honor_alpha_b.html

    “Army PFC Rachel K. Bosveld, 19, of Waupun, Wis.; assigned to the 527th Military Police Co., V Corps, Giesen, Germany; was killed Oct. 26 during a mortar attack on a Baghdad Police Station in Abu Graib, Iraq.”

    PFC Bosveld, who believed that actions speak louder than words, enlisted in the army after graduating from high shool in June, 2002. In Iraq, she had survived a roadside ambush six weeks before being killed. On Sept. 12, 2004, Rachel was trapped inside a burning humvee after being hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. She dislocated her shoulder trying to escape and then when she did climb free, her unit took small-arms fire until another Humvee arrived to help.

    Miss Bosveld never complained, but after eight months in the sands of Iraq and patroling anti-American riots, this beautiful, brave 19-year old policewoman had had enough. “More and more the people here want us to go home,” she wrote her parents. One letter mentioned the numerous dead and abused horses in Baghdad; in another she wrote about the Iraqi people chanting “USA go home!”

    Rachel’s brother Craig, an army veteran, described his sister as an artist who loved to draw forest scenes, play her violin and act in her high school’s drama club. “She wanted to be a graphic artist,” Craig Bosveld said.

    http://www.metrobeat.net/gbase/Expedite/Content?oid=oid%3A2277
    “All gave some…some gave all” (VVA slogan)
    - MCH, Vietnam era vet