Chmsky re SYSTEMATIC looting of Iraq's WMD sites

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Chmsky re SYSTEMATIC looting of Iraq's WMD sites

Postby hathawas » Sat Jan 14, 2006 11:52 pm

Hi all, I just read an interview with Noam Chomsky which included the following about certain knowledge of <b>systematic</b> looting of equipment, with the clear implication that Cheney and Rumsfeld arranged for such to occur: <br><br>"Take, say, the invasion of Iraq again. We're told that they didn't find weapons of mass destruction. Well, that's not exactly correct. They did find weapons of mass destruction, namely, the ones that had been sent to Saddam by the United States, Britain, and others through the 1980s. A lot of them were still there. They were under control of U.N. inspectors and were being dismantled. But many were still there. When the U.S. invaded, the inspectors were kicked out, and Rumsfeld and Cheney didn't tell their troops to guard the sites. So the sites were left unguarded, and they were systematically looted. The U.N. inspectors did continue their work by satellite and they identified over 100 sites that were systematically looted, like, not somebody going in and stealing something, but carefully, systematically looted." <br><br>Sorry if this is old news, but does anyone know anything on this? <p></p><i></i>
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Re: Chmsky re SYSTEMATIC looting of Iraq's WMD sites

Postby manxkat » Sun Jan 15, 2006 1:29 am

Hi hathawas, I hadn't heard about that, but why does it not surprise me? Chomsky, unfortunately for us, will talk openly about relatively small-potato conspiracies like this, but refuses to question 9/11.<br><br>"The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum." -- Noam Chomsky<br><br><!--EZCODE LINK START--><a href="" target="top">Lots more info here.</a><!--EZCODE LINK END--><br> <p></p><i>Edited by: <A HREF=>manxkat</A> at: 1/14/06 10:30 pm<br></i>
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SYSTEMATIC looting of Iraq's WMD sites

Postby robertdreed » Sun Jan 15, 2006 1:46 am

Yeah, that news certainly doesn't originate with Noam Chomsky. It was reported in the national media- as such. It had about 15 seconds in the news cycle. Blink and you missed it.<br><br>Thankfully, references remain on the Internet. (Note that in the pre-Internet era, you'd have to search a newspaper archive on microfiche to find the story. That's one of the things that makes the Internet an unparalleled medium, for news journalism and hostorical research, once the phony baloney is culled. ) <br><br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href=""></a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br>It was of course explained away as a "blunder." If so, I think it was one of the biggest blunders in military history. The importance of the missing explosive is minimized and downplayed. The fact remains that it was inexcusable. These weren't just any "munitions." <br><br> <!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href=""></a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br><!--EZCODE ITALIC START--><em>...The Iraqi letter to the IAEA identified the vanished explosives as containing 194.7 metric tons of HMX, or "high melting point explosive," 141.2 metric tons of RDX, or "rapid detonation explosive," among other designations, and 5.8 metric tons of PETN, or "pentaerythritol tetranitrate."<br><br>Fleming said the IAEA, whose mission is to keep track of everything with potential nuclear weapons applications, had been monitoring about 100 sites in Iraq, but there were only a few of special concern, including Al Qaqaa.<br><br>"This is a real massive quantity of explosives that could have reached the hands of insurgents and could be used with deadly force and consequences against people in Iraq," Fleming said.<br><br>"One would have to assume it's been stolen by someone who has some sort of nefarious purpose for it."...</em><!--EZCODE ITALIC END--><br><br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href=""></a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br><br>If it was intentional, purposive, deliberate negligence with the goal of perpetuating and escalating a high level of armed resistance by the anti-coaltion forces in Iraq, by providing them access to huge quantities of explosives- well, if that could be proven, the people responsible deserve to be tried and convicted for murder conspiracy. <br><br>Intent is always the hardest thing to prove, of course. <br><br>Other "funny business"- <!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href=""></a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br> <p></p><i>Edited by: <A HREF=>robertdreed</A> at: 1/14/06 11:01 pm<br></i>
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