I don't know if you've read about or recall the defection of Saddam's sons-in-law (and their subsequent assassination by Saddam's hitmen when they were lured back to Iraq). The men told the CIA, Britain's M16 and Rolf Ekeus, the head of UNSCOM, detailed accounts of Iraq's weapons program, including previously hidden chemical weapons plants and frnot companies helping Iraq's weapons procurement and Saddam's VX nerve agent program.
When UNSCOM was permitted back into the country, they were able to verify what the men had told them, since such specific hiding places were disclosed and Saddam was forced to update his submissions to UNSCOM, including new data on biological weapons such as anthrax and botulism, VX nerve gas and new information on Iraq's attempts to acquire nuclear weapons. UNSCOM was readmitted to Iraq and Ekeus was able to incontrovertibly provide evidence of Iraq's nonconventional weapons infrastructure.
When UNSCOM inspections ended in 1998, Saddam still had not accounted for 20 tons of complex growth media, essential for the production of biological weapons such as anthrax together with 200 tons of precursor chemicals for the production of VX nerve gas.
We certainly know he had them. He used them. If he destroyed them, then he certainly miscalculated by not letting in the UN and thus averting the war.
posted on 01/16/2004 7:45:50 AM PST
(The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
posted on 01/16/2004 7:54:08 AM PST
(And I'm saying that men can live together without butchering one another. -Josey Wales)
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