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Home > War On Terror

Let the black market decide

10 January 2004

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace has released its report on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Broadly, it doesn't tell us anything we don't already know - that the evidence for WMDs in Iraq...

Mummy, can we go on the air frames?

...is roughly as reliable as this intelligence that our own operatives gathered on a recent fact-finding mission...

Caution: Irritant

However, it is the most thorough examination of intelligence claims,
government lies, and actual data so far published. Take a look at these tables (PDFs ahead), and see if you can spot the pattern in numbers three to six.

In short, Iraq's non-conventional military capacity was claimed to be on a par with Galactus, Devourer of Worlds - in reality, it was significantly poorer than that of the average Robot Wars entrant.

The report's largely been taken as solid confirmation of Anglo-American perfidy and dissimulation. However, the chapter on the (lack of an) Iraqi programme for Nuclear Weapons has something more worrying tucked away at the end.

The section closes by mentioning both the 10 kilos of low enriched uranium missing from the looted Tuwaitha power plant, and U.S. obstruction of inspections at other looted nuclear sites:

Looters damaged at least six other nuclear facilities in Iraq, including the nearby Baghdad Nuclear Research Center, which stored other radioactive isotopes including cesium, strontium, and cobalt. It is unknown if significant quantities of these materials are missing. IAEA inspectors have not been allowed to investigate whether material is missing from this or any additional nuclear facilities and have been limited in their activities by U.S. officials. (p.30)

So, we invade a country without Nuclear Weapons, or the ability to construct them; in invading, we cause chaos; in the chaos, radioactive materials are looted; and hey presto! there's a new stall on the international underground market for deadly metals.

Making the world a safer place!

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