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Posted on 07/31/2005 4:26:55 PM PDT by genefromjersey
WRITTEN ON THE WIND PART 2 :
Iraqi USE of WMD During Present Conflict
In Part One , it was stated the Iraqis had launched theater ballistic missiles-some loaded with kill shots of dangerous biotoxins: anthrax, botulinum, ricin,and aflatoxin.
These didnt hit any Coalition troops in large part, because the troops werent where Saddam expected them to be ( thanks,in part, to a clever deception carried off by US Counter-Intelligence agents.)
There was another factor: bad weather.
On March 25,2003-right after the Iraqi missile launches,one of the worst sandstorms in recent memory swept through the country: slowing the Coalition advance to a crawl,and spawning dolorous New York Times headlines about a quagmire.
The storms also had the effect of sweeping the desert clean; of gathering huge clouds of fine dust and biotoxins and carrying them aloft.
There is nothing new or unique about this phenomonon. Every year, the East coast of the United States plays unwitting host to dust from Africas Sahara Desert: dust that includes spores,pollen, animal dander, tiny insects,and enough viral and bacterial matter to make epidemiologists thankful for the presence of ozone and solar radiation.
This Sahara fallout doesnt cross the ocean like an arrow. It wanders: borne north by this trade wind; south by that trade wind. It may visit one island and skip another. It may take several months before it reaches us-or it may not reach us at all. This is the nature of wind-borne debris.
During the Cold War-when nuclear testing was commonplace-it was not unusual to discover Strontium-90 from a nuclear explosion in Ulan Bator in the milk of Minnesota dairy cows,several months later. (Our fallout often landed on our allies-much to everyones embarassment.)
The Biotoxins from Iraq were no different.
I began to see their effects though I didnt realize it at the time in odd corners of the world.
By way of quick explanation, shortly after the Anthrax attacks of 2001, I became a regular contributor to the now-dormant BioHazard News- an online journal that kept an eye on clusters of diseases,incidents suggestive of biowarfare,and incidents arising from the War on Terror.
One of the websites I found myself visiting on a daily basis was ProMed: the global electronic reporting system for outbreak of emerging contagious diseases and toxins. ProMed is sponsored by The International Society for Infectious Diseases,and is, I believe, affiliated with the Federation of American Scientists .
Here is the ProMed link:
Incidents and Clusters Suggestive of Biotoxin Poisoning : Please note I have included ProMed Archive identification numbers for those of you who might wish to make an independent search.
Please keep in mind the incident dates are the dates a report was forwarded to ProMed , and sometimes include outbreaks that began weeks before the report date.
Incident No. 1 (Status doubtful) :Reports filed 09 May 03 : Index number: 20030509.1153, and 10 May 03 : Index number 20030510.1164
Undiagnosed disease,ebola-like symptoms, southern Sudan. Marburg comes to mind ; however,this viral disease has a very short shelf life: 4-6 days outside a host/nutrition source and it seems unlikely it could survive the trip. Note: Ricin could survive,and could produce similar symptoms.
Incident No. 2 ( Status Insufficient data ): Report filed 28 May 03: Index number 20030528.1309.
Unexplained deaths on Ukerewe Island, Tanzania. 582 people infected;55 youths dead. The Tanzanians appear to have explored and eliminated a number of possibilities: tainted fish,polluted well water,presence of an unknown toxin. Unfortunately,their report lacks description of symptoms,manner of death,and other clarifying details. There does not seem to have been any follow-up reporting. Note: Very tentatively,Botulinum comes to mind.
Incident No. 3 (Status-Possible,with reservations) Report was not filed until 30 June 03 (Outbreak began in April) . Index number 20030630.1614
There were 83 cases of human Anthrax , resulting in 7 deaths,in Indias Koraput District. As noted, the outbreak began in April. Anthrax, in its spore form (the form used in bioweapons) is an exceptionally hardy bacteria,and could easily survive a journey from Iraq. Note: Anthrax is endemic in parts of India . Health officials there who are usually Hindus and deplore consumption of beef invariably blame the outbreaks on the victims. They ate bad meat, etc.
Incident No. 4 ( Status- High probability) Report was not filed until 28 August 03 (Outbreak began in May). Index number 20030828.2175
Karnataka region of India. There were 12 reported cases of human Anthrax,and12 cattle had died of the disease. Several pigs-normally thought to be immune to the disease-had also died plus a large number of vultures-universally believed immune to the disease. It appeared the grass on which livestock grazed was heavily infested with the bacteria.
The death of pigs and vultures is strongly suggestive of the presence of enhanced anthrax : one of the nightmarish projects Ken Alibek was involved in when he was director of the Soviets Biopreparat program.When the Soviet Union imploded,many of the Biopreparat scientists found work in other countries-notably Syria and Iraq.
Note: Anthrax is endemic to the region , and the usual excuses about spoiled meat were given.
Incident No. 5 (Status-Probable Botulinum) I have found 5 reports,made on varying dates-all of which appear to refer to the same outbreak. The Index numbers are : 20030606.1399 ,20030607.1410 , 2003608.1416 , 20030612.1449 , and 20030716.1753
This outbreak began in West Bengal, India,sometime during the month of May,2003, and ravaged 5 small villages.By the time it ended,approximately 132 children had died, and at least 300 were gravely ill.
Indian health authorities offered a wide range of official diagnoses, ranging from pneumonia to Japanese encephalitis ; however, none of these stood up to the rigors of lab testing, and the cause remained unknown.
Because of the victims ages, it was speculated something might have tainted the powdered milk supply,and there were near-riots between villagers and authorities.
The symptoms: high fever,breathlessness,convulsions,increased salivation, and stiffening of the jaws were consistent with a combination of botulinum and mycotoxins. Note: No official finding has ever been agreed upon.
Incident No. 6 ( Possible Ricin involvement) Reported 28 August 03.Index number 20030828.2165
This is one of the more intriguing clusters, because it took place in faraway Dunedin, New Zealand ! Three previously healthy,active adults-no known relationship to one another-no known environmental exposures- were stricken,one after another,with a pneumonia like ailment,for which no viral or bacterial cause was ever discovered,but which killed each of them in a matter of a day.Note: Symptoms consistent with Ricin inhalation.
Let me stress one point: The incidents reported to ProMed startling as they might be are not necessarily the only related events. They are reports filed by a relatively small group of conscientious physicians and health workers , and could well be just the tip of a very large iceberg.
Life , in many parts of the world ,is short. Medical care ranges from iffy to non-existent, and death by disease or mishap is unremarkable.
The villagers may know that So-and-Sos baby died on the same night that the reigning matriarch of the village passed away but, apart from noticing the coincidence,have nothing to connect it to the Aflatoxin that dusted parts of their village or the roaring battles of great armies in faraway places.
Bush lied People died ! is a rant impure and simple-minded : a political statement with no basis in fact but it rhymes for whatever thats worth !
There was extensive pre-war intelligence including a defector from the Iraqi Special Weapons Program ,and reports from the UN inspectors,and reports from our own CIA.
There were warnings immediately before Operation Iraqi Freedom- of Saddams Bioweapons programs : from King Abdullah II of Jordan, and from Egypts Hosni Mubarak both of whom had intelligence and diplomatic assets in Iraq.
The Radicals and Eurotrash sneer when MOPP suits are mentioned as if they were mere window dressing. (Try telling that to the troops and to the embedded reporters- who cursed the hot,restrictive protective garments every moment of the day while worrying what would happen if the suit developed a tear, or the gas mask did not achieve a proper seal,or they were wounded while in a hot environment !)
That fact Saddams troops had similar suits in their barracks, and nerve gas antidote syringes close at hand suggests nothing else but the presence of poison gas , and a readiness to employ it.
Does anyone recall the unwillingness of Iraqi troops to engage in combat during Gulf War I ? Has anyone contrasted that with the utter ferocity they displayed during Iraqi Freedom ? Has anyone wondered at the difference?
I believe a large part of the difference was the leaflets we dropped on Iraqi troops by the hundred thousands in the opening days of the conflict. The leaflets warned the Iraqis they would be held strictly accountable for any use of WMDs.
I further suspect the Iraqi troops knew WMDs had been used , and that they expected to be shot out of hand if captured by Coalition forces. ( Imagine the relief they must have felt when word drifted back as scuttlebutt always does- that the invading forces were totally unaware of the violation !)
Our troops and their Iraqi opponents lucked out when good counter-intelligence tactics, a lightning-fast advance,and a brutal sandstorm combined to remove the danger of Iraqi bioweapons from the battlefield.
The record- incomplete and inconclusive as it may seem- suggests to me that the people at the end of the bioweapons chain were not as fortunate !
Suggested Reading: (hardcover) Biohazard by Ken Alibek. Dr. Alibek (Kanatjan Alibekov) was the former director of the Soviet Unions Biopreparat program : one of the most ambitious-and frightening- biowarfare projects of all time.
American Soldier by Retired General Tommy Franks
Agape Press article that mentions the sandstorms during Iraqi Freedom-and which touches on the dread of WMD use.
Botulinum Toxin as a Biological Weapon
Ricin Poisoning (University of Wisconsin)
Symptoms of Aflatoxin Mycotoxin Exposure :
Interesting speculations, but what evidence may link these poisonous outbreaks to a WMD that was in Saddam's inventory?
Eh, more like desperate speculations.
The problem is the info provided is utterly out of context; there are weird disease outbreaks and cases of anthrax EVERY year.
I would suggest you go to website and view both parts.
This is about only way I can list my site.
As was said during the search for WMD,,, If you find the Chevy factory, the auto workers , the designers, and the car plans, BUT not the actual cars, you might still assume that some real cars were produced.....Spetsnaz...moved WMD in truck caravan to Bekaa Valley in Syria??? Heard there are aerial photos ???
Chasing ghosts here I think - And many things of importance (and non-WMD related) were being shipped out of Iraq prior to a war beginning (which everyone could see coming) and this is not unexpected.
Saddam was a threat and needed to be removed from power for a whole list of reasons outside of the WMD equation. The World is better off with Saddam not in power (no one who is willing to be intellectually honest can deny this).
But for some to suggest or act like it is a guarantee that Saddam WMD's are in the Bekaa Valley is silly (IMO) - (and I am not suggesting you actually have this position).
But the idea that we know Saddam WMD's are in a location within Syria but we aren't acting on it is just Hollywood.....it isn't how the reality of the military / Washington works.
The bottom line is after a year and a half of very complex hex operations (by American's finest) it seems that Saddam did not have an active WMD program up and running (as we expected he did) - Though he still had all the capabilities of reconstituting his WMD program on short notice if he so desired (and this is always left out by the MSM) -
As is the fact that we removed Saddam from power of a whole list of reasons (over a dozen in all) outside of the WMD equation. Freedom and self-worth are spreading in Iraq and the World is better off (and safer) because of this. Because of our actions.
I agree with all the other reasons to remove Saddam...
Did you read the Morning Report on the site listed in reply # 6,,,??
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