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Behind the U.S. charges of “weapons of mass destruction”

Aug 12, 2002

For years and years, the U.S. government has claimed that Iraq has what they call “weapons of mass destruction.” Over the past few months, members of the Bush administration have gone into great detail to describe these weapons programs. According to Defense Secretary Rumsfeld, Iraq has “biological, chemical and nuclear capabilities.” He also says that Iraq has “mobile biological-weapons laboratories.” And George W. Bush himself says that Iraq has built bomb and missile-making facilities underground, as well as in factories that make other things, perhaps like children’s milk or medicine.

According to the U.S. government, this is one reason why Iraq is a threat not only to the entire Middle East, but to Europe and the U.S. as well.

But not everyone believes these claims. According to former U.N. chief weapons inspector, Scott Ritter, no government or agency has presented one shred of evidence to support them. In other words, they are nothing but a figment of the Bush administration’s imagination.

Of course, false charges by the U.S. to justify attacking another country and people are nothing new. As Ritter himself points out, the U.S. charges against Iraq are a “political sham used to invoke a modern-day Gulf of Tonkin resolution-equivalent for Iraq.” (The Gulf of Tonkin resolution had been submitted to Congress in 1964 by the Johnson administration to justify sending hundreds of thousands of troops to Viet Nam and the stepped up bombing of the country. The Johnson administration had claimed that two Vietnamese torpedo boats had attacked a U.S. destroyer – which it turns out never happened.)

Ritter also charged that most of the members of the U.N. inspection teams that he headed back in 1998 were filled with U.S. military intelligence personnel, who used the inspection teams as a cover to gather intelligence for the U.S. And during what was called Operation Desert Fox, the U.S. military bombed the very facilities that Ritter and his team had “inspected” only a few days before.

No, the main threat to the people of the Middle East is the U.S. military, which not only has weapons of mass destruction, but is constantly bombing, murdering and destroying.