Saddam Hussein's WMDs


Istvan Simon writes I read with interest Nushin Namazi contribution, as well as Randy Black's comments on it.
It is quite possible that there were WMD in Iraq after all, and the truth may still come out at some point. But current evidence seems to point to the contrary conclusion.  David Kay undoubtedly knows much more about WMD than I do, and I respect his opinions. But I find the idea that Saddam shipped WMD to Iran unlikely.  Saddam after all was an enemy of Iran and the mullah's regime there. So such a development would be very surprising. Syria is perhaps a more credible destination.

I find it puzzling and disturbing that no credible accounting has been made of all the WMD That Saddam was known to have at the end of the period of inspections after the first Iraq war, and the current situation. Saddam had chemical weapons, because he used them in Halabja and Iran. And his claim that those weapons were destroyed without proof is not credible.  If those weapons were indeed destroyed, it would have  been in Saddam's interest to document their destruction and have UN observers present. Since none of that was done, one must suspect the veracity of Saddam's claims.

On the other hand, it seems to me that the lack of finding a single chemical shell in Iraq, or the finding of the chemicals and bacterial agents used in their manufacture is powerful evidence that Saddam was telling the truth and that in fact no WMD existed in Iraq. Perhaps it will turn out that Iraq's WMD were simply a case of the Peter Seller's comedy, the "Mouse that Roared".

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