Wednesday, April 9
Iraq's WMD revisited
David Isenberg, Asia Times Online, April 9, 2003
Remember the Iraqi weapons of mass destruction (WMD), that is, chemical and biological weapons? Supposedly they were the reason the United States and Great Britain had to invade Iraq right away, without giving United Nations inspectors more time to continue their task.
For a brief shining moment they were on the tip of everyone's tongue. Even the most brain-dead pundit or rabid talk-radio host would talk knowingly about the need to destroy anthrax, sarin, cyclosarin, VX and Tabun nerve agents, mustard gas, ricin and botulinuum toxin. ... ... In a potential worst-case scenario, an Iraqi attack against Kuwait City spraying 30 kilograms of anthrax from an aerial drone under certain wind conditions could infect 800,000 people.
But like an aging Hollywood starlet, one rarely hears about WMD anymore.
Why? Because so far nobody has found any of them. The search, of course, is ongoing and, doubtless, at some point something will be turned up, but thus far the search is like the quest for the Holy Grail. It resembles, as William Shakespeare wrote, "A tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."