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Sunday, October 24, 2004

Another example of the wonders done by the U.S. when it failed to secure weapons caches after the invasion of Iraq. From the New York Times:

'BAGHDAD, Iraq, Oct. 24 - The Iraqi interim government has warned the United States and international nuclear inspectors that nearly 380 tons of powerful conventional explosives - used to demolish buildings, produce missile warheads and detonate nuclear weapons - are missing from one of Iraq's most sensitive former military installations.'

'The huge facility, called Al Qaqaa, was supposed to be under American military control but is now a no-man's land, still picked over by looters as recently as Saturday. United Nations weapons inspectors had monitored the explosives for many years, but White House and Pentagon officials acknowledge that the explosives vanished after the American invasion last year.' [Italics mine]

Let's review. The U.N. had, for years, been monitoring some of the most dangerous materials possessed by Iraq. These included precision machining equipment, explosives, potentially deadly chemicals, etc. They monitored Iraq's store of radioactive materials. Now, however, this stuff has disappeared in the looting. And we're supposed to believe that the U.N. is ineffective? To the contrary, the U.N. has, all along, kept track of these potentially deadly materials and kept them from being used. Because of the inspections, Hussein was unable to produce nuclear or biological weapons. He was effectively disarmed by the U.N. While it wasn't a perfect system, it did keep a lid on the potentially volatile situation that could develop should these materials be left unattended. Now, however, we have to deal with the very real prospect that someone, say Al-Zarqawi (whose recent love-letter video to Osama Bin Laden was truly inspiring...), may have this stuff and certainly knows how to use it. At this rate, the enemy will be better armed than U.S. troops in Iraq before John Kerry takes his place as President of the United States in 2005.

Andrew 7:21 PM : |


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