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U.N. Agency That Found No WMD Gets Peace Prize

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Posted on Dec 10, 2005

How telling that the Nobel Peace Prize has been granted to the United Nations agency that Bush kicked out of Iraq after it failed to find weapons of mass destruction that he just knew were there. See BBC story.

When folks like Hillary Clinton and John Kerry whitewash their support for the war, they never do tell us why an invasion couldn’t have been delayed until after the U.N. inspectors on the ground at the time finished their work.

And for those who think that putting pressure on Democratic leaders to be honest about the war is divisive, I say we need more division in the party between the doves and the hawks, not less. Just take the example of Sen. Joseph Lieberman—who is more Cheney than Cheney on Iraq—and recall that it was the Democrats who gave us the Vietnam War.  Yes, I voted for the guy, but at least Al Gore is looking better than ever. See Washington Post report.

—Posted by Robert Scheer.

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By Bob, December 15, 2005 at 4:23 pm Link to this comment
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On December 14, 2005 President Bush claimed once again that the Iraq WMD intelligence was “faulty” but that does not explain why he, Donald Rumsfeld and Colin Powell swore they “knew”  Iraq had tons of chemical biological weapons at specific locations inside Iraq even after UN weapons inspectors had analyzed these same sites with mass spectrometers
and other powerful detection devices and found absolutely nothing.

There were also satellite photos of “decontamination trucks” which Powell said were proof of the presence of chemical weapons. Before Powell spoke to the United Nations these trucks were examined by UN weapons inspectors and found to have no trace of the corrosive decontamination materials which are easily detectable by sight, smell , valve encrustation and chemical
analysis. A similar analysis of US chemical and biological sites and equipment would reveal telltale trace evidence even after a thorough decontamination, so obviously there was nothing there to find and Bush “knew” it and stated the complete opposite of reality as if the negative evidence did not exist.

This is not an issue of “faulty intelligence,” it is an issue of the fact that the “intelligence” had been proved to be wrong by scientific analysis before Colin Powell made his presentation to the UN Security Council and that fact was never made known to the American people. Ironically the post war enviroment in Iraq is contaminated by huge amounts of poisionous materials and chemicals as a result of US bombing and President Bush has never shown any concern whatsoever that this stuff may be used by terrorists to make chemical weapons in the same way they use old artillery shells from still-unguarded ammunition dumps to make the bombs that kill our troops on a daily basis.

The United Nations Environmental Program monitors Iraq by way of commercial satellite images showing the continuing damage there yet the news media never publishes these images
of what is really happening in parts of Iraq that are “to dangerous” to report on. If the use of WMD against neighboring countries in the 1980s were in itself a justification for
pre-emptive war then why have we never attacked Russia for it’s use of chemical weapons in Afghanistan?  The US Marines and State Department published accounts of Soviet use of   chemical weapons as a matter of standard military policy killing many Afghans. Ronald Reagan made speeches condemning the Soviet use of chemical weapons in Afghanistan but never threatened military action and the current Bush administration has never once even mentioned this flagrant use of WMD by the Soviets at the same time Iraq was using chemical weapons.

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By Lisa, December 11, 2005 at 9:04 pm Link to this comment
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Hanz Blix and Mohammed ElBaradei were quickly dissolving Bush’s justification for this war, as was clearly evidenced on March 7, 2003.  It was no coincidence that Bush rushed us into war on March 19th.

Isn’t it interesting that very little has been said regarding Mohammed’s Nobel Peace Prize here?  President Bush was pushing for him to be fired at the UN.  But hasn’t that been Bush’s (administration) MO? 

Now the democrats don’t want to take a stand; they couldn’t say s**t if they had a mouthful!  All of this ‘political correctness’ since 2000 to present is obviously not working!  The neocons haven’t been politically correct, and they’re doing exactly what they want to.

That is why the Democratic party lay in pieces on the ground like a broken mirror; they’re unable to unite behind a strong, concise, and logical platform.  Until there is some unifying force that brings the ‘majority’ of this nation together, this extreme right will continue to make headway on their agenda.

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By jonathan terry, December 11, 2005 at 4:44 pm Link to this comment
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Thank you! I wish the Democrats in the House and Senate would listen and heed. Perhaps then we might have a chance to take the Senate in 2006. We are looking for unity, strength, and conviction to Democratic principles from our elected representatives and to date we are still looking. With hope for the near future that some of them are listening (to Left,Right,and Center) and reading enough to realize that Liberal is not a bad concept.
JT

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