Where did the WMD's go?
First, last weekend came tapes that Iraq, under Saddam Hussein, had an ongoing Nuclear program as recently as 2000. Personally, this was not a shock considering that US Forces had found 1.8 tons of partially enriched Uranium (enough to produce 30-48 Nuclear Weapons), and 500 tons of yellowcake Uranium. Furthermore, Dr. Mahdi Obeidi, the physicist who had lead the Iraqi nuclear program until 1997, revealed to US forces upon his capture that he had plans and equipment for Uranium-enrichment buried at his home. According to Dr. Obeidi, these were being hidden until a nuclear program could be reinstated.
What startles me more, however, is the accusations that Russia was implicit in the transportation of WMD's from Iraq to both Syria and Lebanon. These accusations were made in 2004 by John A. Shaw, former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense, saying that
They were moved by Russian Spetsnaz (special forces) units out of uniform, that were specifically sent to Iraq to move the weaponry and eradicate any evidence of its existenceWhy would Russia be involved in the movement of Iraqi WMD's? These were weapons that were prohibited under 17 UN Resolutions, so why would Russia be involved in hiding them? Because most of the weapons are of Russian origin.
[Shaw] estimated that Saddam had amassed 100 million tons of munitions - roughly 60 percent of the entire U.S. arsenal. "The origins of these weapons were Russian, Chinese and French in declining order of magnitude, with the Russians holding the lion's share and the Chinese just edging out the French for second place."The Russians had a very strong motive in order to hide their involvement in arming Iraq against UN rules. Russia, along with France and China (the other two nations helping to illegally arm Iraq) had all disputed the need for force (UN Security council resolution 1441)if weapons were found. These three nations, despite their oil interests, also had interests in keeping their roles in arming Iraq secretive, with Russia having the greatest interest in keeping this hidden.
While the fact that Russia was involved in the transport of these weapons is serious news, what is more serious is that these weapons still have not been found. Falling into the hands of nations like Syria and Lebanon is serious business. The seemingly endless supply of munitions by the insurgency is of little surprise, considering the potential location of these munitions.
UPDATE: I am currently watching Lou Dobbs Tonight, tonights show focusing on the selling of our ports to a UAE security company (which I disagree with, and I hope President Bush blocks). Lou just said something that caught my attention, 'WMD's which never existed'. This is a common theme among the media, that we these weapons, because they were never found, never existed. I hadn't considered it during the original posting, but the media ignores these important revelations, while still pushing the postulate that these "slam dunk" weapons never existed.