O Intermitente<br> (So long, farewell, auf weidersehen, good-bye)

O Intermitente
(So long, farewell, auf weidersehen, good-bye)

sexta-feira, maio 21, 2004


O Indepundit levanta algumas questões pertinentes (e inquientes) relacionadas com a recente descoberta da granada de gás sarin.

During the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, Saddam's military used sarin and other chemical agents against Iran and the Kurdish population. They primarily employed helicopters equipped with agricultural-type sprayers, as well as a crude type of chemical warhead that required the ingredients to be mixed on the battlefield immediately before firing. (I'd hate to be the guy with that job).

There is no evidence that Saddam?s military employed more sophisticated "mix-in-flight" binary chemical artillery shells during the Iran-Iraq war, nor even that they possessed such technology at that time.

After the First Gulf War, Iraq was required to declare to UN weapons inspectors all aspects of its chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons programs, to include a complete inventory of all existing or destroyed munitions. They did NOT declare any binary chemical warheads.

In October 1995 (after the UN discovered some previously undisclosed documents), Saddam revised his weapons declaration, admitting that his scientists had developed "prototypes" of shells capable of delivering binary sarin, but claimed that the project had never reached full production. UN inspectors noted at the time, however, that "new documentation shows production in quantities well beyond prototype levels."

The artillery shell discovered earlier this week, according to General Kimmitt, contained a "mix-in-flight" binary chemical warhead. This type of warhead, as noted above, was not used in the Iran-Iraq war, and was not included by Saddam in any of his weapons declarations.

posted by Miguel Noronha 8:58 da manhã

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