Oh where, oh where have the WMD's gone?
Sunday April 18, 2004
On April 1st, the world hardly noticed when the Jordanian government announced that they had foiled a huge terrorist plot.
A few days later, when the State Department said that the plotters discovered in Jordan were linked to al Qaeda and that the intended target was the U.S. embassy in Amman the world hardly noticed.
Perhaps that's why no-one was listening yesterday when King Abdullah of Jordan told the San Francisco Chronicle that the plot consisted of 5 trucks containing 17 1/2 ton of explosive, chemical weapons and poison gas.
"It was a major, major operation. It would have decapitated the government," King Abdullah said. "Casualties would have been in the thousands. It couldn't have been more sinister."
In a letter to the head of Jordanian intelligence and broadcast on television Abdullah said. "We would not have witnessed anything like it before". He also said that Jordan had "gone through extremely critical times after we learnt the magnitude of what was planned against our people by a handful of terrorists".
An official of the Jordanian government told Agence France-Press that "We found primary materials to make a chemical bomb which, if it had exploded, would have made nearly 20,000 deaths ... in an area of one square kilometer."
Perhaps the most noteworthy fact uncovered by the Chronicle's interview and other sources was that the chemical weapons came from Syria where U.S. weapons inspector David Kay named as a likely home for Iraq's heretofore missing weapons of mass destruction. In Kay's testimony before Congress last year he said that satellite surveillance showed significant vehicular traffic going from Iraq to Syria just prior to the U.S. attack on March 19, 2003. Although Kay added that investigators couldn't be sure that the cargo contained WMD, one of his associates described the evidence as "unquestionable."
As reported by the New York Times on Oct. 29, James Clapper, who heads the National Imagery and Mapping Agency said that "People below the Saddam-Hussein-and-his-sons level saw what was coming and decided the best thing to do was to destroy and disperse."
Israeli intelligence has consistently maintained that while the U.N. weapons inspectors were searching for WMD's in Iraq, Saddam was moving them to Syria, which is the only other country in the world controlled by the Ba'ath Party.
This political argument claiming that Saddam had no proscribed weapons may resonate well with talking heads, but there are millions of us who have seen enough dead bodies in Northern Iraq to be 100% positive that such weapons existed. Until now the only question in our minds has been - where are they now?
Well now we know. They're in Syria.
Somebody please connect the dots before Saddam Hussein's until-now-missing WMD's find their way from Syria to New York, Miami, Houston or Los Angeles.