CBS' Pelley:"Iraq's Saddam Hussein did possess a WMD in a slaughter.."

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    In Iraq, where many biblical scholars place the Garden of Eden,
    Scott Pelley finds a water world where the Marsh Arabs are making a comeback after Saddam nearly destroyed the cradle of civilization.

    Scott Pelley :
    "It turns out Saddam Hussein did possess a weapon of mass destruction and he used it in a slaughter that few have heard of until now: after the Gulf War in 1991, the dictator spent untold millions on this weapon, designed to exterminate an ancient civilization called the "Ma'dan," also known as the "Marsh Arabs."
    In a five-year project 90 percent of the marshes were drained - an area of more than 3,000 square miles.
    "... the marsh dwellers were important elements in the uprising against Saddam Hussein’s regime. To end the rebellion, the regime implemented an intensive system of drainage and water diversion structures that desiccated over 90% of the marshes. The reed beds were also burned and poison introduced to the waters.
    It is estimated that more than 500,000 were displaced, 95,000 of them to Iran, 300,000 internally displaced, and the remainder to other countries. By January 2003, the majority of the marshes were wastelands.
    "As an engineer, I'm telling you, drying of the marshes is definitely not an easy task. It's a monumental engineering project," Alwash explained. "He put every piece of equipment available in Iraq under his control at the services of the projects needed to dry the marshes."
    "Saddam was using water as a weapon?" Pelley asked.
    "You know, the world was looking for weapons of mass destruction. And the evidence was right under its nose," Alwash.

    Resurrecting Eden - 60 Minutes - CBS News
     
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    WHAT say you ecologically friendly Bush haters regarding this ?
    By the way..
    Today: "After a decade of decline in which the fabled Marshlands of Mesopotamia all but vanished
    almost 40 per cent have now recovered to their former 1970s extent."
     
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    In the western world, we use lawyers with pens instead of bull dozers.
     
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    Right but the issue remains... WHERE are the ecology defenders today? I mean these same people strap themselves to trees... YET not one will say the Liberation of Iraq was worth it if ONLY to save these marshes!!!

    Many of the ecology defenders were against the Liberation of Iraq and indirectly obviously OK with the destruction of the Garden of Eden!!!
     

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