UN inspectors: Saddam shipped out WMD before war and after

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    http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/breaking_1.html

    UN inspectors: Saddam shipped out WMD before war and after

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    Friday, June 11, 2004

    The United Nations has determined that Saddam Hussein shipped weapons of mass destruction components as well as medium-range ballistic missiles before, during and after the U.S.-led war against Iraq in 2003.

    The UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission briefed the Security Council on new findings that could help trace the whereabouts of Saddam's missile and WMD program.

    The briefing contained satellite photographs that demonstrated the speed with which Saddam dismantled his missile and WMD sites before and during the war. Council members were shown photographs of a ballistic missile site outside Baghdad in May 2003, and then saw a satellite image of the same location in February 2004, in which facilities had disappeared.

    UNMOVIC acting executive chairman Demetrius Perricos told the council on June 9 that "the only controls at the borders are for the weight of the scrap metal, and to check whether there are any explosive or radioactive materials within the scrap," Middle East Newsline reported.

    "It's being exported," Perricos said after the briefing. "It's being traded out. And there is a large variety of scrap metal from very new to very old, and slowly, it seems the country is depleted of metal."

    "The removal of these materials from Iraq raises concerns with regard to proliferation risks," Perricos told the council. Perricos also reported that inspectors found Iraqi WMD and missile components shipped abroad that still contained UN inspection tags.

    He said the Iraqi facilities were dismantled and sent both to Europe and around the Middle East. at the rate of about 1,000 tons of metal a month. Destionations included Jordan, the Netherlands and Turkey.

    The Baghdad missile site contained a range of WMD and dual-use components, UN officials said. They included missile components, reactor vessel and fermenters – the latter required for the production of chemical and biological warheads.

    "It raises the question of what happened to the dual-use equipment, where is it now and what is it being used for," Ewen Buchanan, Perricos's spokesman, said. "You can make all kinds of pharmaceutical and medicinal products with a fermenter. You can also use it to breed anthrax."

    The UNMOVIC report said Iraqi missiles were dismantled and exported to such countries as Jordan, the Netherlands and Turkey. In the Dutch city of Rotterdam, an SA-2 surface-to-air missile, one of at least 12, was discovered in a junk yard, replete with UN tags. In Jordan, UN inspectors found 20 SA-2 engines as well as components for solid-fuel for missiles.

    "The problem for us is that we don't know what may have passed through these yards and other yards elsewhere," Buchanan said. "We can't really assess the significance and don't know the full extent of activity that could be going on there or with others of Iraq's neighbors."

    UN inspectors have assessed that the SA-2 and the short-range Al Samoud surface-to-surface missile were shipped abroad by agents of the Saddam regime. Buchanan said UNMOVIC plans to inspect other sites, including in Turkey.

    In April, International Atomic Energy Agency director-general Mohammed El Baradei said material from Iraqi nuclear facilities were being smuggled out of the country.
     
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    DAMN---we need to form a coalition to find these and then ask the UN if its ok with them. Maybe poll everyone in Europe too!
     
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    Damn, looks like we were wrong. Everyone told us just to give it more time.

    Now the next thing we need to do is ask the French for permission to investigate where this stuff went. Then again, maybe we'd better ask the Germans, because there's a distinct possibility that the French are holding this stuff for Hussein - just in case he's found not guilty.
     
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    Slowly but surely, we are being proven right. All those that said, nay, SCREAMED "Bush Lied" are looking more and more like the ignorant fools that they are. When all the files, searches, interviews, etc have been completed, it will paint a clear picture of just how truthful Bush was in his initial speech FOR the war.
     
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    The stories on the scrap metal have been coming out for the past month and a half or so. Two this week, Netherlands and I think Jordan.

    Did anyone really doubt he had these? I mean the libs and UN were glad we weren't finding them, but their existence? I don't think was in doubt. Even Blix the Blind knew they were there after '93. C'mon. Saddam just was taking a beating to come out afterwards at a trial, if he lived, and say, "Ha ha, we fooled you." Unlikely.
     
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    Well, if this story is true it should be easily proven because I would hope they followed the line of trucks into whatever country they went to. Unless of course they just snapped photos of the site, in which case it is just more duel-use evidence.

    This question can't be answered yet, but if Saddam had the weapons, why would he choose to hide them instead of using them on Americans?
     
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    They were too quick coming in. As far as 'snapped photos' here is the money quote from that above posted article. Remember this is from the UN, not the slippery US:

     
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    this would kinda shoot the whole "bush had no justification for going in" theory to hell.
     
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    One would think. But the left just will keep screaming, (read: lying), Bush lied!
     
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    yuppers---so far for issues they have WMD, the prison scandal and---------------------?
     

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