quasi in rem

Friday, July 02, 2004

To quote Congressman Denis Kucinich "WHERE ARE THE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION!" (repeat as necessary) : "Artillery shells found by Polish troops in Iraq definitely contained the deadly nerve agent cyclosarin, Poland's military has said.
'The results of ... analysis confirmed that chemical agent GB-GF, cyclosarin, was found in the shells,' the Polish-led unit of the multinational force in Iraq said in a statement on Friday.
'Beyond doubt these are shells from the 1980-1988 period, of the type used against Kurds and during the Iraq-Iran war.'
Poland said on Thursday its soldiers found 17 Grad rockets and two mortar shells filled with chemicals in late June and that U.S. experts had carried out tests on the weapons.
U.S. officials confirmed late on Thursday that such shells were being tested but said further tests were continuing because initial findings could be misleading. U.S. officials were not immediately available to comment on the Polish statement.
'Some of those warheads were old but it could not be ruled out some could still be used,' Defence Minister Jerzy Szmajdzinski told Poland's Zet radio on Friday.
The statement from the Polish headquarters at Babylon said the shells had been hidden and that chemicals had leaked from one but the threat had been dealt with. Local people said unidentified individuals had offered the shells for sale.
'If these shells had been used, in a mortar attack on Camp Babylon for example, the results would have been unthinkable,' the Polish commander in Iraq, General Mieczyslaw Bieniek, told TVN24 television.
Iraq said it produced cyclosarin munitions in the 1980s to fight Iran but was committed to destroying stocks and ceasing production by U.N. resolutions following the 1991 Gulf War.
U.S. President George W. Bush accused then Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein of failing to give up chemical"

2 Comments:

  • Day by day, the "Bush lied about WMD" thesis becomes less tenable. When do you suppose the people who have run around crying that "Bush lied" will start apologizing?

    Fortinbras

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 2, 2004 at 1:04 PM  

  • I think it is too late.

    Short of a massive underground James Bondian find of millions of gallons of chemical and dozens of active biological weapons the story is and will always be:

    There are no WMD.

    Any new news story will simply be altered to fit into that story.

    For example this story will become:

    Bush said they have no WMD. This new discovery does not count because no one knew they existed and they were so old they probably did not work and they do not show a continuing chemical weapons program and this shows that the terrorist would never have gotten the weapons without the invasion etc etc etc.

    The story is set in stone and very little will change it.

    By Blogger a man on the hill., at July 2, 2004 at 1:28 PM  

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