Skip to comments.UN Confirms: WMDs Smuggled Out of Iraq
Posted on 08/30/2004 3:59:47 PM PDT by MikeA
In a report which might alternately be termed ?stunning? or ?terrifying?, United Nations weapons inspectors confirmed last week not merely that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, but that he smuggled them out of his country, before, during and after the war.
Late last week, the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) briefed the Security Council on Saddam's lightning-fast dismantling of missile and WMD sites before and during the war. UNMOVIC executive chairman Demetrius Perricos detailed not only the export of thousands of tons of missile components, nuclear reactor vessels and fermenters for chemical and biological warheads, but also the discovery of many (but not most) of these items - with UN inspection tags still on them -- as far afield as Jordan, Turkey and even Holland.
Notably absent from that list is Iraq's western neighbor Syria, ruled by its own Baath Party just like Saddam's and closed to even the thought of an UNMOVIC inspection. Israeli intelligence has been reporting the large-scale smuggling of Saddam's WMD program across the Syrian border since at least two months before the war. Syria has long been the world's foremost state-sponsor of terrorism.
Perricos highlighted the proliferation danger to the Security Council, as well he should: UNMOVIC has no idea where most of the WMD material is today, just that it exists and it's gone; and anything in Syria is likely to be in Jerusalem or New York tomorrow.
This is the biggest news story of 2004 so far. Yet you haven't heard about it, have you?
You probably haven't heard about Canada's Prime Minister Paul Martin either -- a socialist and no friend of America. Addressing a group of 700 university researchers and business leaders in Montreal last month, Martin stated bluntly that terrorists have acquired WMDs from Saddam. ?The fact is that there is now, we know well, a proliferation of nuclear weapons, and that many weapons that Saddam Huseein had, we don't know where they are?. [T]errorists have access to all of them,? the Canadian premier warned.
The tip of this terrorist sword was scarcely deflected on April 26th, when Jordanian intelligence broke up an al Qaeda conspiracy to detonate a large chemical device in the capital city of Amman. Directed by al Qaeda terrorist leader Abu al-Zarqawi -- the same man who personally beheaded American Nicholas Berg in Iraq last month -- the plotters sought to use a massive explosion to spread a ?toxic cloud?, meant to wipe out the U.S. embassy, the Jordanian prime minister's office, the Jordanian intelligence headquarters, and at least 20,000 civilians (by contrast, only 3,000 died on 9/11). Over twenty tons of chemical weapons were seized from the conspirators, who were just days away from carrying out their plot.
One wonders where CNN and USA Today think twenty tons of nerve gas and sarin came from: Chemical Weapons-Mart? Yet their coverage, like most major media outlets, mentioned not a word about Saddam's smuggled WMDs, which -- according to liberal dogma -- ?don't exist.?
Even though the UN says they do exist, now spread around the world.
It's not just the UN. Bill Clinton says they exist, even after the war: in a July 2003 interview with Larry King, the ex-president uncharacteristically defended George Bush, saying ?it is incontestable that on the day I left office, there [was]?a substantial amount of biological and chemical material unaccounted for? in Iraq. Every intelligence agency in the world -- French, British, German, Russian, Czech, you name it -- agreed before the war; Jordanian intelligence can certainly confirm their opinion today.
So what's the deal? Why the relentless pretence that ?Bush lied? when even the UN and Bill Clinton say he didn't? Why the absolute silence about ?inconvenient? parts of various UN reports, such as the discovery of chemical and biological weapons plans, recipes and equipment; of bio-weapons agents in an Iraqi scientist's house; of a prison lab for testing bio weapons on humans; of complexes for manufacturing fuel for prohibited long-range missiles; of artillery rounds containing enough sarin to kill thousands of people, of similar shells containing mustard gas, two (but far from the only) of which were used in a terrorist attack against U.S. forces just weeks ago?
America cannot afford the answer to this ?why?: that many on the left consider George W. Bush's defeat more urgent than al Qaeda's, his political death more essential than the possible physical death of millions of Americans.
The character of our foreign enemies has never been in doubt. The character of the enemy within -- from Dan Rather to Michael Moore -- has never been clearer. And the stakes are the highest they've ever been.
Rod D. Martin is Founder and Chairman of Vanguard PAC. A former policy director to Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Special Counsel to PayPal.com Founder Peter Thiel, he is a member of the Board of Governors of the Council for National Policy, a Vice President of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA), and editor of Thank You President Bush, the definitive response to the current deluge of Bush-bashing books.
Although I've given up hoping, I've decided to indulge a little this evening.
PULEEZE let Bush drop a bomb on the conventioneers Thursday night about WMD. Or anytime prior to election eve.
When is this article dated?
Start with a conclusion, use only the facts that support your conclusion. There, liberal jounalism in a nutshell.
Never mind. I see it is June 14, 2004.
On the morning of November 3, 2004 Syria and Iran start their doomsday clocks.
To use the words of their favorite porn-star president, "Because they could."
This can't be true! <\sarcas>
Appears to be dated June 18th 2004
Michael Moore lied! AlGore lied! sKerry lied! sHrillary lied! ABCBSNBC lied!
Any more I should mention?
"many on the left consider George W. Bush's defeat more urgent than al Qaeda's, his political death more essential than the possible physical death of millions of Americans."
"The character of our foreign enemies has never been in doubt. The character of the enemy within -- from Dan Rather to Michael Moore -- has never been clearer. And the stakes are the highest they've ever been."
This is what this election is about. If the MSM and its candidate wins, America loses, maybe everything.
Don't let those pesky facts get in the way of your insupportable claims that "Bush lied," though Clinton, Gore, Daschle, Kerry, etc. were ALL saying Saddam had WMD long before Bush was.
there was an announcement made awhile back (Reagan passed away the same week it was released on the web.) on a website ill be glad to get back to on.
they stated what we just read.
From what I remember, the article is taken from testimony given on June 9th by Demitrius Perricos (sp) who was the acting head of the UN's weapons inspection program. The media, of course, ignored this...as well as a statement by Canada's PM about how Saddam's weapons were smuggled out before the war.
"This is the biggest news story of 2004 so far. Yet you haven't heard about it, have you?"
'Saddam may have moved WMD to Syria'
August 16, 2004 17:18 IST
Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein periodically removed guards on the Syrian border and replaced them with his own intelligence agents who supervised the movement of banned materials between the two countries, US investigators have said.
All of us should Email this to every network, radio show, Senator, Democrat we know.....somehow they word WILL spread....
Bush has the bully pulpit. Why doesn't he get this out?
Here's one from 2 weeks ago from the same site referencing a Wash. Times piece which probably appeared on FR as well...http://www.washingtontimes.com/functions/print.php?StoryID=20040816-011235-4438r
"The CIA convinced the UN saddam had weapons. Everybody believed the CIA over their own sources and the CIA was wrong. Therefore the war was wrong."
The logic force-field of liberals is staggering. No matter what proof you lay in front of them, they still believe the US is wrong.
Their boy would not have a leg to stand on and most of the planet would be surprised to read this story, originally posted in June 2004.
dated June 11th 2004.
I am beginning to doubt these reports. If they are true, why hasnt the Bush Administration announced it? If they have, I missed it.
At least FOX would be covering it.
There is one other thing I recall from the period around the start of the war....much was being made of three mystery ships that were supposedly loaded with cargo from Iraq (maybe in a Yemeni port, I forget the details) and were sailing arond in circles in the oceans apparently biding their time. Whatever happened to those?
To me that was the perfect method of disposal - if Saddam survives they float the WMD home, if he doesn't they scuttle the ships in some deep and hostile ocean.
Using this as proof of "Chemical Weapons", implying that those chemicals were such that it was a "chemical bomb" with some sort of nerve agent, a thoroughly discredited theory, based on the facts distributed by the Jordanian government after seizure and inspection of the chemicals, is a very serious line of BS. TNT is a chemical, Urea is a chemical, everything is a chemical under this definition. That doesn't fly.
This has been repeatedly reported erroneously, and the means don't justify the ends, even if I and most here and elsewhere in Conservative and Republican, and truth seeking communities online and in print, support the ends in question.
sorry, clicked on myself. to tired to know better. lol
Here's a link to a report from around that time -
"In other areas, whole buildings that had previously contained equipment and materials subject to monitoring had been completely dismantled."
"There is one other thing I recall from the period around the start of the war....much was being made of three mystery ships that were supposedly loaded with cargo from Iraq (maybe in a Yemeni port, I forget the details) and were sailing arond in circles in the oceans apparently biding their time. Whatever happened to those?
To me that was the perfect method of disposal - if Saddam survives they float the WMD home, if he doesn't they scuttle the ships in some deep and hostile ocean."
There can only be one answer to that question; they're not interested in the truth. They're only interested in destroying this country.
OOOOh- I feel SOOO vindicated. I have said for months that weapons and chemicals were shipped out- especially to Syria. Bush, Cheney, Rummy and group just keep picking at the scabs and getting more and more information to hang all the culprits with. Holland surprises me a little, unless they bought parts for various kinds of machines and equipment, not knowing the original location of same.
Syria is the real location of the most, IMO. The convoys going 24/7 to Syria weren't trying to just get driving practice.
This is GREAT NEWS.
EXACTLY!!! I want a major announcement the left cannot refute. Badly. Soon.
Most of the media nowadays is incapable of research, so they just repeat what they are told. Democrats don't place any value on the truth and so the media just repeats Democrat lies. The Republicans are willing to let the issue alone for now and when the time is right they will get a different message out. As Iraq settles down and Bush is reelected expect to hear more about this. Bush is not yet ready to take direct action but you know he is monitoring this.
Why is this not in the news!!!!????
Here's a useful definition
"Late last week, the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) briefed the Security Council on Saddam's lightning-fast dismantling of missile and WMD sites before and during the war"
My question is why the UN has not notified all leaders of every nation belonging to the UN of this?
Thank the Democrats for a 15 month delay in going into Iraq.
If I remember correctly, the stuff in Holland ended up at a scrap dealer.