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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Oh!! You Mean THAT Anthrax!

The Washington Times reports that buried in the final report of the Iraq Survey Group may be the answer to what happened to the anthrax Iraq was known to have when the first Gulf War ended. Link.
An Iraqi scientist has told U.S. interrogators that her team destroyed Iraq's stock of anthrax in 1991 by dumping it practically at the gates of one of Saddam's main palaces, but never told U.N. inspectors for fear of angering the dictator. (...)

The Iraqis said they destroyed all of the anthrax in mid-1991 at their bioweapons center at Hakam, 50 miles southwest of Baghdad.
The U.N. specialists, who scoured Iraq for banned arms from 1991 to 1998 and again in 2002 and 2003, confirmed anthrax had been dumped at Hakam. (...)

The British-educated Mrs. Taha, who ran the Hakam complex in the 1980s, told interrogators her staff carted off anthrax from Hakam in April 1991 and stored it in a bungalow near the presidential palace at Radwaniyah, 20 miles west of Baghdad, the U.S. teams report.
Later that year, the crew dumped the chemically deactivated anthrax on grounds surrounded by a Special Republican Guard barracks near the palace, the report says. (...)

Then, through the years, Mrs. Taha and other Iraqi officials denied the "missing" anthrax ever existed.
"The members of the program were too fearful to tell the regime that they had dumped deactivated anthrax within sight of one of the principal presidential palaces," the Iraq Survey Group says.

If even Saddam didn't know that all of the anthrax had been destroyed, and Iraqi generals all thought that they had it at their disposal if needed, it is rather ingenuous for the left to claim anybody "Lied!!!" for believing that it still existed. Revisionists claim that WMDs were the only reason given for going to war. Anyone who reads the speeches that preceded the war knows that it was only one among many reasons, and even then it was not the existence of WMDs, but Saddam's refusal to verify their destruction, that was the one among many reasons.

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