Congrats to the Free Republic! jveritas is doing yeoman's work in translating documents and bringing interesting nuggets to light. Brought to my attention on a posting by Ray Robison and the Free Republic mention in the Telegraph. And just overall thanks to the folks there for showing the news links!
- Belgians shown to be origin of chemical strike suits. So, knowing the Coalition doesn't *use* chemical weapons, why would Saddam want the things? Logic folks! If he didn't have chemical weapons he wouldn't need them... and if he did, he would. Note the date of 3/2/2003.
- And in 2001 Saddam *still* had an active chemical weapons platoon. Again, if it was defensive... well, knowing his regional opponents he wouldn't need such... but if Iraq *had* chemical weapons, then even a defensive capability would be needed for cleaning men, equipment, etc.
- Saddam ordering chemical weapons attacks on the Kurds. A repeat, but this should be the independent confirmation of the first report if I have my sources straight. Dated July 1987.
A looooong time.
[My apologies to Mr. Robison... my fingers just keep putting in that extra 'n'... I do know that feeling]