One year on, still no weapons of mass destruction
Is the US now shipping them in?
A year ago the US, Britain and Australia invaded Iraq. The pretext for the illegal invasion was their insistence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and was ready to use them against the West. Despite numerous and thorough weapons inspections both before and after the war, nothing has been found. Hans Blix, former chief UN weapons inspector has emphasised that the US and British intelligence agencies issued false reports on Iraq leading to the attack. The Bush administration continues to defend its decision to go to war against Iraq despite the demand from David Kay, the man who led the CIA's effort to find WMD, that the Bush administration should "come clean with the American people" and admit that it was wrong about the existence of the WMD in Iraq Now come reports that the US has shipped in weapons of mass destruction, no doubt ready to be "found" by "inspectors". The Tehran Times reported on March 13 that US forces had unloaded a large cargo of parts for construction of long-range missiles and weapons of mass destruction in the southern ports of Iraq. The information is said to come from a "reliable source" in the Iraqi Governing Council who was speaking on condition of anonymity. He said that US forces, with the help of British forces stationed in southern Iraq, had made extensive efforts to conceal their actions. Unloaded at night Cargo was unloaded during the night while the attention of the media was concentrated on the signing of the Iraqi Provisional Constitution. The source said that in order to avoid suspicion, ordinary cargo ships were used to transport the cargo which consisted of weapons produced in the 1980s and 1990s. He pointed out that the US facilitated Iraq's WMD program during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq conflict. The source claimed that the weapons were "probably" transferred to locations somewhere in the vicinity of Basra. The Tehran Times reports the source as saying: "Most of these weapons are reportedly of Eastern European origin and some parts are from the former Soviet Union and the Eastern bloc. The US obtained them through confiscations during sales of banned arms over the past two decades". An official of the US forces in Iraq said he had not received any information about the unloading of weapons of mass destruction in southern Iraqi ports. Another article in the Daily Times Monitor published in Pakistan reports retired US Navy Lt Commander Nelda Rogers, who is a veteran of the Defence Department, as saying that the CIA planned to "plant" WMDs inside Iraq but that the plan was blown. CIA bungle Ms Rogers revealed that there was a covert military operation that took place both preceding and during hostilities in Iraq. She said that "it was really the CIA that bungled it". What are the chances of these weapons being "found" just before the US elections?