Carolyn Glick of the Jerusalem Post has an article reprinted HERE…most of it is about stopping Iran from nuking her, but the important paragraph is about the WMD from Iraq, and whether or not that hushed up airstrike in Syria by Israel was to destroy them:

the head of the non-governmental International Intelligence Summit, John Loftus, released a report on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction program… “The gist of the new evidence is this: Roughly one-quarter of Saddam’s WMD was destroyed under UN pressure during the early to mid 1990s. Saddam sold approximately another quarter of his weapons stockpile to his Arab neighbors during the mid-to-late-1990’s. The Russians insisted on removing another quarter in the last few months before the war. The last remaining WMD, the contents of Saddam’s nuclear weapons labs, were still inside Iraq on the day when the coalition forces arrived in 2003. His nuclear weapons equipment was hidden in enormous underwater warehouses beneath the Euphrates River. Saddam’s entire nuclear inventory was later stolen from these warehouses right out from under the Americans’ noses.”

Yet other reports say the site had North Korean advisers, and there was a question about Syrian North Korean links ever since a train accident killed some Syrians last year.

Ironically, despite lots of conspiracy theories, the story of the air raid (some stories suggest a ground raid also occurred) is still more speculation than hard evidence.

One understands the Israeli silence. But why are the Syrians quiet?
Syria is friends with Iran, and the raid was a “headsup” to Iran that their nuclear sites might be next. Yet there is more smoke than fire in the stories, and Glick mentions the confusions, since even leaks from different intelligence agencies tell different stories.
Which is why when confronted with the lies about WMD, I always point out they were there in 1998, and you can’t just throw away tons of nerve gas. You either need to destroy it carefully, or store it carefully, to prevent disaster; even the plant that destroys US chemical weapons had a leak from gas stored there in 2000…

The fog of war is normal, and there is a lot of stuff going on. But as long as the intelligence agencies stop lying, and as long as politicians prefer to mouth partisan platitudes for political gain instead of encouraging a polite discussion, the average American will be left in the dark.

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Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. Her website is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket.

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