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June 25, 2004
What WMD Scientists? And Where Did That WMD Come From?

Via the excellent compendium Memeorandum, I found that Fox News has reported that terrorist groups in the Middle East are wooing Iraqi WMD scientists for assistance in developing their own weapons:

Al Qaeda-connected terror chief Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (search) and other terrorists are apparently trying to recruit Iraqi weapons of mass destruction experts and resources for possible future attacks against the U.S.-led coalition, the head of the Iraq Survey Group (search) told FOX News Thursday.

In an exclusive interview with FOX News Brit Hume, Charles Duelfer (search) whose ISG is leading the hunt for weapons of mass destruction said terrorists in Iraq are trying to tap into the Iraqi WMD intellectual capital.

When we have investigated certain labs and contacted certain former experts in the WMD program, we have found that they are being recruited by anti-coalition groups, Duelfer told FOX News. They are being paid by anti-coalition groups. Were seeing interest in developing chemical munitions.

Duelfer also notes that a dozen sarin and mustard-gas shells from the first Gulf War have been found, weakened but still dangerous -- and undeclared, as required by the UNSC resolutions. Those are starting to add up, no? Even if only half of them were sarin, that amount applied in aerosol form could have killed up to 300,000 people -- about the population of St. Paul, MN, or also about the amount confirmed to have been sent to mass graves under Saddam's regime.

But what I want to know is how terrorists could find Iraqi WMD scientists. After all, weren't those programs disbanded years ago, and the scientists put in charge of giving food from the OFF program to starving babies? Weren't they busy working on medicines for the Iraqi populace that Saddam tried desperately to save by emptying his bank accounts?

Oh ... never mind.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at June 25, 2004 6:58 AM

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