Wednesday, October 13, 2004

are you nervous yet ?

is this administration serious about ANYTHING ? nuclear equipment, disappearing into thin air. if this weren't so utterly terrifying, it would be hilarious:

"The worry would be that if [the missing equipment] fell into the wrong hands, it could be used in a nuclear weapons program," says IAEA spokeswoman Melissa Fleming, in Vienna.

"It's not nuclear material, [but] it doesn't make us feel comfortable that it is potentially on the black market," says Ms. Fleming. "We don't know where it is. All we can do when we watch these things from the sky, is see that if the building is gone, the equipment inside is gone."
The speed and number of sites that have been dismantled leads the IAEA to believe that it is "systematic," says Fleming. "It's hard to read into it, because we've seen a flourishing trade in scrap metal in Iraq."

And there have been signs that thieves may be interested in more than scrap. "Some of the looting is very strategically timed," says CEIP's Wolfsthal. "They're stealing only specialized items - that would suggest it wasn't just the work of looters, but that there was some strategic purpose."

well, at least the oil ministry has been well protected from day one.

- LH


At October 13, 2004 at 2:45 PM, Blogger Alamo City Commando said...

What nuclear equipment? I thought Iraq was not a threat! Can't liberals get their stories straight?

At October 14, 2004 at 9:48 AM, Blogger Master-Blaster and Lord Humungus said...

sorry you weren't able to read the linked article commando - it would have explained that the equipment in question was termed 'dual use' meaning it had both weapons and non-weapons potential applications. before bush fired up the war machine, that equipment was being closely monitored and tracked by the IAEA under the inspections program. if applications of that equipment had changed, the international community would have been fully aware. of course, we now know that applications didn't change precisely because the inspection program was so effective - you may recall that no nukes, or anything close to nukes, have been found ? even though charles duelfer reminds us how much saddam wanted them ? inspections worked, saddam was contained, the war was manufactured, case closed. give our best to 'the admiral' if he's still in town.

- LH


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