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Iraq Scud boss poisoned
The Sun ^ | March 1, 2003 | GEORGE PASCOE-WATSON

Posted on 02/28/2003 5:59:05 PM PST by MadIvan

SADDAM Hussein’s top missile expert has been murdered to stop him blabbing to the UN.

General Muhammad Sa’id al Darraj died on Thursday after Saddam’s men poisoned his drink.

Relatives say he was ordered to hide details of Iraqi Scuds from the UN — but devious Saddam did not trust him.

The revelation came as President Bush warned war was imminent.

He said Saddam would be forced to give up his weapons — whatever the UN decided. He added: “If he had any intention of disarming, he would have disarmed. We will disarm him now.”

Bush called war the “last option” but said Americans fully understood an attack may be launched soon.

He added: “I’ve thought long and hard about the consequences and the price that could be paid.”

His comments came as UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix said Iraq was expected to start destroying its outlawed Al Samoud 2 missiles on Saturday.

The rockets can carry chemical and biological warheads and travel more than 90 miles — the maximum range laid down by the UN.

General al-Darraj was murdered hours before Saddam agreed to the destruction. The engineer had been called to a meeting at one of Saddam’s palaces for talks about how to mislead UN scientists over Iraq’s Scud programme.

Moments before he died, he managed to tell his family Saddam’s officials had spiked his drink with poison.

British intelligence chiefs said the murder was another example of Saddam’s ruthlessness.

They said it underlined his total disregard for human rights.

Saddam had his own son-in-law assassinated when he exposed the tyrant’s weapons of mass destruction.

(Excerpt) Read more at thesun.co.uk ...


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I ran a search here and did not see this posted; certainly it is not being widely reported.

Regards, Ivan


1 posted on 02/28/2003 5:59:05 PM PST by MadIvan
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To: Kip Lange; dixiechick2000; UofORepublican; kayak; LET LOOSE THE DOGS OF WAR; keats5; ...
Bump!
2 posted on 02/28/2003 5:59:27 PM PST by MadIvan
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To: MadIvan
I think we will see more of this as Saddam ties up loose ends.
It will only hasten the end of his regime.
3 posted on 02/28/2003 6:01:08 PM PST by tet68 (Jeremiah 51:24 ..."..Before your eyes I will repay Babylon for all the wrong they have done in Zion")
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To: MadIvan
sadmans koolaid strikes again!
4 posted on 02/28/2003 6:01:14 PM PST by US_MilitaryRules (A penny saved is a governmental oversite!!!)
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To: MadIvan
Wow! Where was this publicized? I haven't seen it anywhere. Bump.
5 posted on 02/28/2003 6:01:17 PM PST by livius
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To: MadIvan
Damn...

If this is true, just wow!

We gotta get our big ole butts in there and double time it.

Oh the stuff we will find.

TMT
6 posted on 02/28/2003 6:01:43 PM PST by The Magical Mischief Tour
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To: MadIvan
Hmm. It could have been Saddam, or it could have been the CIA. Time will tell.
7 posted on 02/28/2003 6:04:09 PM PST by Thane_Banquo
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To: MadIvan
You think the Sun can be trusted to have a 'breaking' story like this first? (Sorry for being skeptical about this publication, but ... well, they've gotten it wrong in the past)
8 posted on 02/28/2003 6:04:15 PM PST by Happygal
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To: MadIvan
Here we have another journalist who says "son-in-law" when it was "son-in-laws". Two defected, were lured back and then killed. So widely reported how can a journalist who gets it wrong be trusted?
9 posted on 02/28/2003 6:04:17 PM PST by not-an-ostrich
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To: MadIvan
Stalin, whom Saddam looks like, used to say, "No man, no problem."

Was it Franklin that said, " Two men can keep a secrete, if one is dead?"

10 posted on 02/28/2003 6:05:26 PM PST by Leisler
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To: MadIvan
I'd hate to be the guy that was in line to succeed him......
11 posted on 02/28/2003 6:06:12 PM PST by b4its2late (I wonder what it's like to be a piece of cheese?)
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To: Happygal
You think the Sun can be trusted to have a 'breaking' story like this first? (Sorry for being skeptical about this publication, but ... well, they've gotten it wrong in the past)

Once in a blue moon they do get it right, darling...this sounds about right.

Love, Ivan

12 posted on 02/28/2003 6:08:13 PM PST by MadIvan
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To: MadIvan
Hmmm ... I wonder what lame excuse the UN will come up for this murder?
13 posted on 02/28/2003 6:09:26 PM PST by Mo1 (DC Chapter .. Patriots Rally for America IV .. on Saturday, March 1st)
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To: not-an-ostrich
Here we have another journalist who says "son-in-law" when it was "son-in-laws".

Actually, it's "sons-in-law."

14 posted on 02/28/2003 6:10:02 PM PST by sinkspur
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To: MadIvan
Hmmmmm... Think this brutality might harm Saddam's image with the peaceniks?
15 posted on 02/28/2003 6:10:25 PM PST by dennisw ( http://www.littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/weblog.php)
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To: MadIvan
Saddam poisons the General, then props him up in a chair just before Blix shows up.

Saddam to Blix: ask General Darraj if we have any weapons.

Blix to the Gen: General, what can you tell me about your WMD program.

(Silence)

Blix: Ok

In U.N. Report: After thoroughly interrogating General Muhammad Sa’id al Darraj, I have reached the conclusion he knows nothing, nothing, about WMD's.
16 posted on 02/28/2003 6:10:34 PM PST by Russell Scott
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To: MeeknMing; knighthawk; Sabertooth; Miss Marple
Saddam murders another one - ping....
17 posted on 02/28/2003 6:10:59 PM PST by Siobhan (+Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet+)
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To: not-an-ostrich
Here we have another journalist who says "son-in-law" when it was "son-in-laws". Two defected, were lured back and then killed. So widely reported how can a journalist who gets it wrong be trusted?

Well, not-an-ostrich, too bad you stuck your neck out. Shouldn't that be sons-in-law? Since you got that wrong, how can we trust you?

19 posted on 02/28/2003 6:12:14 PM PST by NonValueAdded ("Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists." GWB 9/20/01)
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To: MadIvan
General Muhammad Sa’id al Darraj died on Thursday after Saddam’s men poisoned his drink.

Hmmm...I've heard that Saddam's usual modus operandi for taking care of
"disposals" was death by car accident.

Maybe he's decided that "car wrecks are nice, but poisoned liquor is quicker".
20 posted on 02/28/2003 6:13:19 PM PST by VOA
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To: sinkspur
OK, next time I'll check all the following posts before I respond. Didn't realize you beat me to it, sinkspur.
21 posted on 02/28/2003 6:14:09 PM PST by NonValueAdded ("Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists." GWB 9/20/01)
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To: not-an-ostrich
Here we have another journalist who says "son-in-law" when it was "son-in-laws". Two defected, were lured back and then killed. So widely reported how can a journalist who gets it wrong be trusted?

For sure it was two of them. I don't believe the story they were simply lured back. I believe Saddam threatened to kill their extended families. They thought they could escape Saddam's Iraq but they couldn't.
22 posted on 02/28/2003 6:14:21 PM PST by dennisw ( http://www.littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/weblog.php)
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To: MadIvan

Dead men tell no tales.

23 posted on 02/28/2003 6:14:59 PM PST by TADSLOS (Gunner, Target!)
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To: MadIvan
Moments before he died, he managed to tell his family Saddam’s officials had spiked his drink with poison.

How? How would he know he was poisoned and have time to tell his family before he died? How did he contact his family? Did the family get the body back?

24 posted on 02/28/2003 6:15:06 PM PST by hotpotato
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To: Happygal; MadIvan
skeptical about this publication

I agree, only because I associate The Sun with The National Enquirer.

Ivan, can you tell us more about this british publication?

25 posted on 02/28/2003 6:16:55 PM PST by Semper911
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To: MadIvan
I'm sure Hans Blix will consider this "significant progress". This is like a bad dream, the idiocy of this UN track. Let's get it over with already.
26 posted on 02/28/2003 6:17:31 PM PST by tomahawk
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To: tet68
When the s*** hits the fan, there's going to be a disconnect between Saddam and his closest associates. No one wants to risk being the next guy to get poisoned, stabbed, or tortured in the meantime. But when it comes down to the final moment, he's not exactly building an atmosphere of trust around himself.

My theory is that Saddam will find it very hard to control his troops through the devious channels he has set up to protect himself.
27 posted on 02/28/2003 6:18:17 PM PST by Cicero
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To: MadIvan
Iraqi government retirement plan needs work.
28 posted on 02/28/2003 6:18:59 PM PST by pabianice
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To: Semper911
The Sun is not like the National Enquirer; the equivalent we have to the National Enquirer is "The Sunday Sport", which has headlines like "World War II Bomber Found on the Moon".

The Sun has some good political reporters like Trevor Kavanagh, and their reporters are often seen on Sunday "talking heads" programmes here. Yes, the newspaper is a tabloid and has naked girls on Page 3, but generally speaking their news is fairly standard.

Regards, Ivan

29 posted on 02/28/2003 6:19:54 PM PST by MadIvan
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To: dennisw
Think this brutality might harm Saddam's image with the peaceniks?

Nope. They're happy to tolerate killing by a dictator...his own faceless people, you, me, maybe themselves...they're psychotic enough.

What they can't tolerate is a conservative administration demonstrating America's might.

30 posted on 02/28/2003 6:20:10 PM PST by Scott from the Left Coast (HHE)
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To: MadIvan
[The revelation came as President Bush warned war was imminent....He said Saddam would be forced to give up his weapons — whatever the UN decided...He added: “If he had any intention of disarming, he would have disarmed. We will disarm him now.”]

This is essentially a declaration of war by GW. We'll be rolling soon enough. God grant us rapid victory and few casualties.

31 posted on 02/28/2003 6:20:16 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham
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To: Semper911
For about the last 40 years, it's never been very healthy to be a senior officer or in the entourage of Saddam Hussein.

Fortunate it was merely poison and not a more torturous death which Hussein is infamous for watching.
32 posted on 02/28/2003 6:20:22 PM PST by Cvengr
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To: dennisw
The democrats here at home will say this is an execution and rightly so since Saddam Insane issued (through his hand-puppet Parliament) a new law that makes it a crime to withhold info on WMD. Of course, these same democrat fools/acorns will not ask where are the weapons, but they will cite the action as proof Saddam is cooperating!
33 posted on 02/28/2003 6:21:11 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote Life Support for others.)
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To: tomahawk
"I'm sure Hans Blix will consider this "significant progress". This is like a bad dream, the idiocy of this UN track. Let's get it over with already."

I'm sure Hans (innocent is) Blix will claim it was the pressure of the Weapons Inspectors that drove this man to his suicide, What else could explain 12 bullet holes to the head :-)

34 posted on 02/28/2003 6:21:58 PM PST by MJY1288 (It's Time To Roll)
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To: All
Clinton and Saddam think alike... many people close to them conveniently disappear.
35 posted on 02/28/2003 6:22:14 PM PST by reaganbooster
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To: Semper911; MadIvan
Well, I wouldn't equate the Sun with the Enquirer. But it is a tabloid, that's staple diet is a Page 3 glamour model.

It is a tabloid - and therefore the news is presented in a sensational and sometimes OTT fashion, with serious news stories surrounded by 'brain bubble gum' for its readership.

However, it has a conservative bent, which for a tabloid, is something rather unusual, I would imagine.

Ivan, can tell you more.
36 posted on 02/28/2003 6:22:23 PM PST by Happygal
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To: *war_list
http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/bump-list
37 posted on 02/28/2003 6:23:52 PM PST by Libertarianize the GOP (Ideas have consequences)
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To: MadIvan
SADDAM Hussein’s top missile expert has been murdered to stop him blabbing to the UN.

Yeah, but the inspections are working!
38 posted on 02/28/2003 6:23:57 PM PST by hippy hate me (Peace had 18 chances)
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To: MadIvan
So... they decide to kill him. They poison him instead of just putting a bullet in his head. They use a relatively slow-acting poison and then allow him to go on his merry way to tell this to his family and his family gets the story out to The Sun. I guess it's possible, but for some reason I'm skeptical too.
39 posted on 02/28/2003 6:27:13 PM PST by Wissa
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour
Oh the stuff we will find.

Yep.

40 posted on 02/28/2003 6:28:36 PM PST by concerned about politics (Saddam needs a check up from the neck up.)
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To: hippy hate me
If the inspectors find no weapons:
See, there is no reason to go to war, there are no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq
If the inspectors find weapons:
See, inspections are working, there is no reason to go to war.
Complete circular logic à la française
41 posted on 02/28/2003 6:29:14 PM PST by george wythe
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To: hippy hate me
Blix's next report to the UN: "Everyone we interviewed has subsequently and mysteriously died. But we have found no more banned weapons, so Iraq is in compliance with UN directives. There is no need for war."
42 posted on 02/28/2003 6:29:47 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham
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To: MadIvan
Free Republic Highlights, 2/28/03
43 posted on 02/28/2003 6:29:55 PM PST by I Am Not A Mod
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To: MadIvan; Happygal
Yes, the newspaper is a tabloid and has naked girls on Page 3, but...

LOL! Sorry, that just struck me as hilarious.

Thanks for posting this article. I expect the American media will latch onto it, unless of course they have some other more exciting war news to report. (...if you know what I mean.)

44 posted on 02/28/2003 6:30:59 PM PST by Semper911
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To: MadIvan
Did anyone else think of Rommel when they read this?
45 posted on 02/28/2003 6:32:19 PM PST by I still care
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
Blix's next report to the UN: "Everyone we interviewed has subsequently and mysteriously died. But we have found no more banned weapons, so Iraq is in compliance with UN directives. There is no need for war....oh, wait a minute...the war is over. Nevermind."
46 posted on 02/28/2003 6:34:10 PM PST by hippy hate me (Peace had 18 chances)
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To: george wythe
PRETZEL LOGIC foursquare!
47 posted on 02/28/2003 6:35:04 PM PST by JOE6PAK (...enjoy a tall cool Budwiser..today!)
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To: MadIvan
Hay Ivan!!!

That's one bichin phlag!!! (wide grin)

48 posted on 02/28/2003 6:38:30 PM PST by SierraWasp (Like, hey man, SHIFT_HAPPENS!!!)
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To: hippy hate me
Wow, Iraq is almost as deadly as Arkansas. Well, one down, thousands to go.
49 posted on 02/28/2003 6:40:18 PM PST by nomorecameljocks
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To: JOE6PAK
Don't think that the French and the Germans will change their policy because of this.

They sleep with the fishes......(The Godfather).
50 posted on 02/28/2003 6:41:07 PM PST by Michael Sidiropoulos
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