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WMD's were found in IRAQ.

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posted on Oct, 15 2010 @ 01:34 AM
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Originally posted by Lysergic
How bout them WMDs?

The country has been thoroughly searched, I mean the way Chenney had pitched a tent figured we'd be up to our ears in WMDs by now... but now nobody cares.

Just looking back...


What some Mustard gas? L O L


How can there be any if the US Army demolished all the Ammunition and Weapons bunkers
during the first Gulf War? Engineers wired them up and blew them up while we watched
from about a click away. (While not wearing gas masks). Saddam did use gas on us,
Nerve agent I think, the Czech's Russian made NBC alarms went off when a scud exploded
next to and behind our unit but ours didn't so we didn't sound an alarm or put on our gear. Our
First Seargent ended up getting relieved because he lost it. (he didn't sleep for almost three
days and nights) before the ground war started. I read that the Czech unit was there with
The UN as an observer unit or something like that or someone was using Russian gear alongside
ours. Either way, it was hush hush just like the friendly fire our unit took. Anything to get out
of paying disability to veterans....no wonder this Country is falling apart.




posted on Oct, 15 2010 @ 01:40 AM
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Yeah when the 2nd gulf war occurred, I thought back and thought to myself didn't we already do all that already?


Yet they were sure without a doubt there was some massive WMDs.



posted on Oct, 23 2010 @ 06:10 PM
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Originally posted by alkali
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SavageHenry, you're killing me.

Who in the hell loses WMDs? Could you imagine the US military freaking out and asking, "Where the hell did that nuke go? It was here 10 minutes ago.."

No one loses WMDs. That's so asinine its unbelievable. You've obviously never had an experience with an auditor. Saddam was told to account for all WMDs in Iraq's possession. Obviously, he did not. 500 chemical weapons do not just go missing.

Not to mention, half the people on this forum believe in "inter-dimensional beings" and aliens and whatever else, yet it is totally inconceivable that the WMDs we were looking for were shipped out of the country before the US invaded. That's crazy talk.

Look who's calling the kettle black. Where were you when the DoD lost a bunch of nukes between two US bases? They claim to have found all but one. So one nuke is nothing to worry about, right? This was US. Do you know how big Iraq is? Apparently you think it is a backlot of a grade-school.



posted on Jan, 1 2011 @ 07:11 PM
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Of course these were found. Most people only consider WMD as nuclear weapons but WMD include nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

Saddam's chemical and biological weapons were used on the Kurds and Iranians so obviously he DID have them and this can not be doubted. Where these chemicals came from? I would bet my bottom dollar companies from France, Germany and the USA would had supplied Saddam hence the major cleanup job. I also suspect some of these weapons were already snuck out of Iraq and in to Syria (and possibly Hizbollah?) and burial sites out in the desert for future wars. I recall alot of movement on the Iraq/Syrian border within hours and days after the first US attack at the beginning of the 2nd Gulf War.



posted on Aug, 25 2011 @ 01:23 AM
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Originally posted by bluemirage5
reply to post by DaleGribble
 


Of course these were found. Most people only consider WMD as nuclear weapons but WMD include nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

Saddam's chemical and biological weapons were used on the Kurds and Iranians so obviously he DID have them and this can not be doubted. Where these chemicals came from? I would bet my bottom dollar companies from France, Germany and the USA would had supplied Saddam hence the major cleanup job. I also suspect some of these weapons were already snuck out of Iraq and in to Syria (and possibly Hizbollah?) and burial sites out in the desert for future wars. I recall alot of movement on the Iraq/Syrian border within hours and days after the first US attack at the beginning of the 2nd Gulf War.


Of course it was...i mean it's look like that Saddam Hussein didn't quite destroy all of his WMDs when he was required during a Gulf War ceasefire agreement. Heck Wikileaks even proves it.



posted on Aug, 25 2011 @ 01:48 AM
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Originally posted by DaleGribble
im starting this thread because im sick of seeing posts saying "what happened to the wmd's in Iraq." and any and every variant of this.

I already know im going to here degraded this and old that. the point is 500 chemical weapons were found. this still may not justify the war but WMD'S WERE FOUND. like it or not they were there.

and this is just a thought I don’t think all of them have been found yet. also I don’t think the whole report has yet been declassified..


Since 2003 Coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent.


source:
www.foxnews.com...

also i dont know if this is in the right place. please move if needed..




I think you need to go review C Powells diatribe to the UN and see what HE meant by WMD. In order to justify the invasion he had to create a threat as NONE existed prior. What he said by "IMMINENT THREAT" to the US was a lie. It never materialised in truth and was just code for sources in Iraq to bug out as the US was going in regardless of the UN permission, which they did.

In any case, a couple of caches of sarin does not a WMD make especially sans any reliable distrubution method ( never found ). Yes the potential for dirty bombs etc was there and even direct sarin poisoning but even a city wide attempt at dispersal would have caused local not nation wide let alone MASS DESTRUCTION level exposure problem for the US. Theres more than that ( caches of sarin) stowed in BL4's all around the US. I figure, that if the US has and wants to keep its bioweapons stock given it is the only nation on the planet to actualy USE a WMD on a civillian population, then it cant call the kettle black demanding others give theirs up. Well..it can..but its futile.

It remains " On September 30, 2004, The ISG, under Charles Duelfer, issued a comprehensive report. The report stated that "Iraq's WMD capability ... was essentially destroyed in 1991" " LINK to source:

This is the reportage pre and post:

After the invasion, the Iraq Survey Group (ISG), headed by American David Kay, was tasked with searching for WMD. The survey ultimately concluded that Iraqi production of WMD ceased and all major stockpiles were destroyed in 1991 when economic sanctions were imposed, but that the expertise to restart production once sanctions were lifted was preserved. The group also concluded that Iraq continued developing long range missiles proscribed by the U.N. until just before the 2003 invasion. In an interim report on October 3, 2003, Kay reported that the group had "not yet found stocks of weapons", but had discovered "dozens of WMD-related program activities" including clandestine laboratories "suitable for continuing CBW [chemical and biological warfare] research", a prison laboratory complex "possibly used in human testing of BW agents", a vial of live C. botulinum Okra B bacteria kept in one scientist's home, small parts and twelve year old documents "that would have been useful in resuming uranium enrichment", partially declared UAVs and undeclared fuel for Scud missiles with ranges beyond the 150 km U.N. limits, "[p]lans and advanced design work for new long-range missiles with ranges up to at least 1000 km", attempts to acquire long range missile technology from North Korea, and document destruction in headquarters buildings in Baghdad. None of the WMD programs involved active production; they instead appeared to be targeted at retaining the expertise needed to resume work once sanctions were dropped. Iraqi personnel involved with much of this work indicated they had orders to conceal it from U.N. weapons inspectors.[47][48] After Charles Duelfer took over from Kay in January 2004, Kay said at a Senate hearing that "we were almost all wrong" about Iraq having stockpiles of WMD, but that the other ISG findings made Iraq potentially "more dangerous" than was thought before the war.[49][50] In an interview, Kay said that "a lot" of the former Iraqi government's WMD program had been moved to Syria shortly before the 2003 invasion, albeit not including large stockpiles of weapons.[51] On September 30, 2004, The ISG, under Charles Duelfer, issued a comprehensive report. The report stated that "Iraq's WMD capability ... was essentially destroyed in 1991" and that Saddam Hussein subsequently focused on ending the sanctions and "preserving the capability to reconstitute his weapons of mass destruction (WMD) when sanctions were lifted". No evidence was found for continued active production of WMD subsequent to the imposition of sanctions in 1991, though "y 2000-2001, Saddam had managed to mitigate many of the effects of sanctions".[52]


So yes..he had stuff...so what? The US knew that years and years before. Given NO threat existed for "imminent use" of said weapons, there was no NEED to invade. Iraq has WMD, so does the US and every developed country. What's the point? The issue of IMMINENT THREAT is what is at odds here as THAT was the 'made up stuff"...that was the lie.

This is the main problem for so many protestors - Saddam had made NO moves to use these stocks and had made no threats to do so publically or clandestinly/diplomatically..THAT threat was an invention. He was, until just prior to invasion a US ally! Now I could look at US stocks and say the same thing about US bioweapons and demand an invasion to remove yours..but without an **active threat**..its still just a stockpile...and there is no justifcation for said action. It was wag the dog and people bought it and over a million people died for that. Congratulations.



Ro

edit on 25-8-2011 by Rosha because: typos



posted on Aug, 25 2011 @ 02:23 AM
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Originally posted by Rosha

Originally posted by DaleGribble
im starting this thread because im sick of seeing posts saying "what happened to the wmd's in Iraq." and any and every variant of this.

I already know im going to here degraded this and old that. the point is 500 chemical weapons were found. this still may not justify the war but WMD'S WERE FOUND. like it or not they were there.

and this is just a thought I don’t think all of them have been found yet. also I don’t think the whole report has yet been declassified..


Since 2003 Coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent.


source:
www.foxnews.com...

also i dont know if this is in the right place. please move if needed..




I think you need to go review C Powells diatribe to the UN and see what HE meant by WMD. In order to justify the invasion he had to create a threat as NONE existed prior. What he said by "IMMINENT THREAT" to the US was a lie. It never materialised in truth and was just code for sources in Iraq to bug out as the US was going in regardless of the UN permission, which they did.

In any case, a couple of caches of sarin does not a WMD make especially sans any reliable distrubution method ( never found ). Yes the potential for dirty bombs etc was there and even direct sarin poisoning but even a city wide attempt at dispersal would have caused local not nation wide let alone MASS DESTRUCTION level exposure problem for the US. Theres more than that ( caches of sarin) stowed in BL4's all around the US. I figure, that if the US has and wants to keep its bioweapons stock given it is the only nation on the planet to actualy USE a WMD on a civillian population, then it cant call the kettle black demanding others give theirs up. Well..it can..but its futile.

It remains " On September 30, 2004, The ISG, under Charles Duelfer, issued a comprehensive report. The report stated that "Iraq's WMD capability ... was essentially destroyed in 1991" " LINK to source:

This is the reportage pre and post:

After the invasion, the Iraq Survey Group (ISG), headed by American David Kay, was tasked with searching for WMD. The survey ultimately concluded that Iraqi production of WMD ceased and all major stockpiles were destroyed in 1991 when economic sanctions were imposed, but that the expertise to restart production once sanctions were lifted was preserved. The group also concluded that Iraq continued developing long range missiles proscribed by the U.N. until just before the 2003 invasion. In an interim report on October 3, 2003, Kay reported that the group had "not yet found stocks of weapons", but had discovered "dozens of WMD-related program activities" including clandestine laboratories "suitable for continuing CBW [chemical and biological warfare] research", a prison laboratory complex "possibly used in human testing of BW agents", a vial of live C. botulinum Okra B bacteria kept in one scientist's home, small parts and twelve year old documents "that would have been useful in resuming uranium enrichment", partially declared UAVs and undeclared fuel for Scud missiles with ranges beyond the 150 km U.N. limits, "[p]lans and advanced design work for new long-range missiles with ranges up to at least 1000 km", attempts to acquire long range missile technology from North Korea, and document destruction in headquarters buildings in Baghdad. None of the WMD programs involved active production; they instead appeared to be targeted at retaining the expertise needed to resume work once sanctions were dropped. Iraqi personnel involved with much of this work indicated they had orders to conceal it from U.N. weapons inspectors.[47][48] After Charles Duelfer took over from Kay in January 2004, Kay said at a Senate hearing that "we were almost all wrong" about Iraq having stockpiles of WMD, but that the other ISG findings made Iraq potentially "more dangerous" than was thought before the war.[49][50] In an interview, Kay said that "a lot" of the former Iraqi government's WMD program had been moved to Syria shortly before the 2003 invasion, albeit not including large stockpiles of weapons.[51] On September 30, 2004, The ISG, under Charles Duelfer, issued a comprehensive report. The report stated that "Iraq's WMD capability ... was essentially destroyed in 1991" and that Saddam Hussein subsequently focused on ending the sanctions and "preserving the capability to reconstitute his weapons of mass destruction (WMD) when sanctions were lifted". No evidence was found for continued active production of WMD subsequent to the imposition of sanctions in 1991, though "y 2000-2001, Saddam had managed to mitigate many of the effects of sanctions".[52]


So yes..he had stuff...so what? The US knew that years and years before. Given NO threat existed for "imminent use" of said weapons, there was no NEED to invade. Iraq has WMD, so does the US and every developed country. What's the point? The issue of IMMINENT THREAT is what is at odds here as THAT was the 'made up stuff"...that was the lie.

This is the main problem for so many protestors - Saddam had made NO moves to use these stocks and had made no threats to do so publically or clandestinly/diplomatically..THAT threat was an invention. He was, until just prior to invasion a US ally! Now I could look at US stocks and say the same thing about US bioweapons and demand an invasion to remove yours..but without an **active threat**..its still just a stockpile...and there is no justifcation for said action. It was wag the dog and people bought it and over a million people died for that. Congratulations.



Ro

edit on 25-8-2011 by Rosha because: typos


You're wrong, The inspectors did destroy with other WMDs into some, he didn't comply with the other parts of the UN resolutions. Saddam didn't allow most of the inspectors to monitor his factuatlies then get's kick out. Regardless, why did he kicked out UN inspectors many times in the 1990s. They are many resolutions that condemed Iraq for not complying.



posted on Aug, 25 2011 @ 03:10 AM
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Originally posted by Paulioetc15

You're wrong, The inspectors did destroy with other WMDs into some, he didn't comply with the other parts of the UN resolutions. Saddam didn't allow most of the inspectors to monitor his factuatlies then get's kick out. Regardless, why did he kicked out UN inspectors many times in the 1990s. They are many resolutions that condemed Iraq for not complying.


I'm not the reports saying they didnt. Those reports listed on that link come from YOUR government and the UN inspectors themselves so if you have a problem with those "facts" - go see them.

Again though, it wasnt a case of wether he had them or not that is at issue. The American government and military KNEW he had them decades ago. The UN knew too! Yes he was being difficult, so is Israel..going to invade them? No? Why not?

Proove if you will Powels' postualtion of 'imminent threat' and may we can come to reasonable discussion terms but the reality is that there was and remains no PROOF of any _imminent_ threat. I focus on this issue because it was THAT that allowed the war to start...nothing else. No WMD no bioweapons etc..they were KNOWN variables and had been for years.
Saying there was a threat was a tactical decision, a lie proffered and sold by Gov and Mil groups in order to con/fear people, con YOU into justifying the needless murder of over a million people. Which people did...and are still trying to justify today. There IS not a single thing you can say to me that is a justification for murder and yes, I would die rather than justify it or commit it.

Whatsmore, trying to enforce upon other nations an 'obligation' to attend to international responsibilities your own nation refuses to be bound by is frutiless, naieve and stupid. Like how, on the one hand the US demands the ICC/international criminal courts be used to try offenders it doesnt approve of, but refuses its own to be tried there? The US call other states terrorists but 'ok's black op's and dark/off the grid prisons, waterboarding rape and torture? Excuse me? No way. All under the same rules or its bullsh*t.

Similarly you cant on the one hand support and militarily aid Israel (link here) a state that has had over 131 resolutions directly placed upon it, a state that has flippantly ignored each one and given the virtual finger to all international law and convention, while condeming other states for doing exactly the same thing.
You can't hide behind the Negroponte Doctrine to justify support for Israel either, many of these UN resolutions relate directly to their ACTIVE USE of internationally banned weapons and well documented breaches of human rights and international treaties - not just a threat to do so. Every nation inthe world is forced to 'declare' nuclear material - why not them? Why does the US permit that?

Its all about control of resources, power and stupid people. Stay controlled if you like. It matters little to me. Meanwhile, while your fragging around with that crap, real people with real lives dreams and hopes for a better world, die on ALL sides. THATS the plain and simple truth.

Want some other countries bio/weapons..give up yours. Until that commitment is made..its all propoganda and b*llsh*t.

IMO...YMMV - of course.
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posted on Aug, 25 2011 @ 03:21 AM
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lol 500 cia-created test tubes of anthrax or whatever concoction were probably placed there 10yrs after the fact (just like Obama i mean Osama was planted in a new target and found a decade after the fact.



posted on Aug, 25 2011 @ 02:47 PM
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The context for the ill-conceived invasion of Iraq was the falsified imminent threat to the free world allegedly posed by Saddam.

As such, no, no WMDs were ever found in Iraq. Rusting chemical shells don't count in that particular context and in the context of incredible loss of life due to the invasion.



posted on Aug, 25 2011 @ 03:22 PM
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I think that Saddam was posturing that he had more of a WMD weapon program capacity then he actually did. He did block inspectors when they were getting closer to finding out things. I also think that he moved some WMD's through the western desert to Syria as well.

Saddam talked a much bigger WMD program than he had, but was still trying to keep the programs he had around. Given his trying to convince the world he had WMD's Saddam brought himself down, by giving the impression he had more advanced WMD programs and weapons then he really did.

Given he had used them in the past, was a tyrant and was still posturing that he had a significent WMD program still going, in the post 9-11 world, that was enough to take him seriously.



posted on Aug, 31 2011 @ 02:55 AM
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I think that Saddam was posturing that he had more of a WMD weapon program capacity then he actually did. He did block inspectors when they were getting closer to finding out things. I also think that he moved some WMD's through the western desert to Syria as well.


Sorry but theres no proof of that
its like saying iran has nukes in russia,



posted on Aug, 31 2011 @ 11:59 AM
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Originally posted by pavil
I also think that he moved some WMD's through the western desert to Syria as well.


...and I think that I should be driven to work every day in a diamond studded stretch limo. What gives?


Saddam talked a much bigger WMD program than he had, but was still trying to keep the programs he had around. Given his trying to convince the world he had WMD's Saddam brought himself down, by giving the impression he had more advanced WMD programs and weapons then he really did.


Major world powers, one would hope, are different from Las Vegas crowd mesmerized by magician's tricks, smoke and mirrors and "impressions". Military strikes of Biblical scale (again, one would hope) are based on hard, cold, and indisputable evidence. What happened in reality was that a bunch of dishonest clowns (essentially President Bush's entourage) decided to play geopolitical Gods just because they could. It was like one of these "Conquest" real time strategy games for them, albeit played with lives, limbs and blood of our soldiers and Iraqi citizens alike. As a side effect, the war weakened geopolitical standing of the US.

Again, it vexes me to no end that these criminals enjoy glamorous lives after all they did to us and the Iraqis. No prosecution, no restitution, not a bit of guilt.

Be careful who you vote for.


Given he had used them in the past, was a tyrant and was still posturing that he had a significent WMD program still going, in the post 9-11 world, that was enough to take him seriously.


Really? His rusty chemical shells all of a sudden started to levitate and drift towards the United States?

Bleh.



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posted on Sep, 1 2011 @ 08:47 AM
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Originally posted by Agent_USA_Supporter
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I think that Saddam was posturing that he had more of a WMD weapon program capacity then he actually did. He did block inspectors when they were getting closer to finding out things. I also think that he moved some WMD's through the western desert to Syria as well.


Sorry but theres no proof of that
its like saying iran has nukes in russia,


I know there is no proof of that claim....just unverified reports like this Iraq WMDs to Syria???. Draw your own conclusions.



posted on Sep, 1 2011 @ 09:01 AM
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Originally posted by buddhasystem
...and I think that I should be driven to work every day in a diamond studded stretch limo. What gives?
I've already stated that this is my belief.....I am entitled to my opinion, I don't claim to have facts to back it up.



Major world powers, one would hope, are different from Las Vegas crowd mesmerized by magician's tricks, smoke and mirrors and "impressions". Military strikes of Biblical scale (again, one would hope) are based on hard, cold, and indisputable evidence. What happened in reality was that a bunch of dishonest clowns (essentially President Bush's entourage) decided to play geopolitical Gods just because they could. It was like one of these "Conquest" real time strategy games for them, albeit played with lives, limbs and blood of our soldiers and Iraqi citizens alike. As a side effect, the war weakened geopolitical standing of the US.


Every major power seemed to THINK that the Iraqis still had a significant WMD. It wasn't just Western intelligence, it was everyone's belief, including the Russians. To your last point....the side effect hasn't been the weakening of our Geopolitical standing.....take at look at all the major oil reserves in the Middle East and North Africa.....tell me whose country is in the best position to control them??? Iraq??? , Saudi Arabia?? Libya??? Afghanistan and Kazakhstan?? Truth be told that's not a bad position to be in. Saddam gone, Khaddafi gone, Assad in his final days.The Arab Spring will be the main fulcrum though. The Arab Spring will have to play out.....it could go either way right now.





Really? His rusty chemical shells all of a sudden started to levitate and drift towards the United States?


Really. The threat was enough, given the post 9/11 world. Given that EVERY major country thought he had a significant WMD threat/program.... that was enough.



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posted on Sep, 1 2011 @ 11:06 AM
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Originally posted by pavil
Every major power seemed to THINK that the Iraqis still had a significant WMD.


If YOU believe that THEY thought that, that's your right. There was no hard intelligence at all. Acting on a hunch in matter likes this is crazy, irresponsible and criminal.


To your last point....the side effect hasn't been the weakening of our Geopolitical standing...


Can you spell IRAN?



posted on Sep, 1 2011 @ 11:10 AM
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Those were left over from the gulf war, the US sold them to Saddam! I mean it's not too hard to think this one through logically, if Iraq had WMD's, wouldn't they have used it while they were being invaded?
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posted on Sep, 1 2011 @ 02:21 PM
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Originally posted by buddhasystem

If YOU believe that THEY thought that, that's your right. There was no hard intelligence at all. Acting on a hunch in matter likes this is crazy, irresponsible and criminal.
It's not that "I" thought it, it's that "Governments" thought it and the "UN" was still not convinced Iraq had given up all WMD programs.



Can you spell IRAN?


Surprisingly to you, yes, I can spell that. Take a look at a map of Iran, tell me what country has them surrounded with military forces and bases...............



posted on Sep, 1 2011 @ 08:53 PM
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Originally posted by pavil

Originally posted by buddhasystem

If YOU believe that THEY thought that, that's your right. There was no hard intelligence at all. Acting on a hunch in matter likes this is crazy, irresponsible and criminal.
It's not that "I" thought it, it's that "Governments" thought it and the "UN" was still not convinced Iraq had given up all WMD programs.



Can you spell IRAN?


Surprisingly to you, yes, I can spell that. Take a look at a map of Iran, tell me what country has them surrounded with military forces and bases...............


OK, so you don't get how Iran benefits from its immensely increased influence in Iraq? I mean, seriously?

And yes, the government WILL tell you that they "thought" this or that. It's plain that with no evidence it's just smoke and mirror for the sheeple.



posted on Sep, 1 2011 @ 09:42 PM
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well here's the time line i found in Wikipedia timelime. If you're not convinced.... then Google them.



March 3, 1991 - Iraq accepts the terms of a ceasefire.

Mid March – Early April 1991 - Iraqi military forces suppress rebellions in the southern and northern parts of the country, creating a humanitarian disaster on the borders of Turkey and Iran.

April 3, 1991 - The UN Security Council passes the a ceasefire agreement, Resolution 687. The resolution also called for the destruction, or removal of all chemical and biological weapons, all stocks of agents and components, all research, development, support and manufacturing facilities for ballistic missiles with a range greater than 150 km and related repair and production facilities, recognize Kuwait, account for missing Kuwaitis, return Kuwaiti property and end its support for international terrorism. This resolution created a special commission, UNSCOM, to inspect Iraq's chemical, biological and nuclear facilities. Iraq was required to turn over all biological and chemical weapons to UNSCOM for destruction, and ordered to respect the 1968 Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty.

April 4, 1991 - According to UNSCOM, Iraqi nuclear scientists are ordered to hide nuclear weapons from UN inspectors, collect and hide computer data, and formulate a "legal" justification for the existence of Iraqi nuclear labs.

April 5, 1991 - The UN Security Council passes Resolution 688, condemning Iraq's repressive measures exercised against civilians. The Council also demands access for humanitarian groups.

April 6, 1991 - Iraq accepts Resolution 687.

April 8, 1991 -At a European Union meeting in Luxembourg, a UN safe-haven in northern Iraq is established north of the latitude 36 degrees north, for the protection of Kurds. The US orders Iraq to end all military action in the northern Kurdish area.

April 18, 1991 - Iraq declares some of its chemical weapons and materials to the UN, as required by Resolution 687, and claims that it does not have biological weapons program

April 19, 1991 - Swedish diplomat Rolf Ekéus is appointed as the Executive Chairman of UNSCOM. June 9, 1991 UNSCOM begins its first inspections in Iraq

June 17, 1991 - The Security Council affirms in Resolution 699 that Iraq is responsible for the costs of the inspections, and Resolution 700 fully implementing the arms embargo against Iraq

June 23–28, 1991 - UNSCOM/IAEA teams attempt to intercept Iraqi vehicles carrying nuclear related equipment called calutrons. Iraqi soldiers fire warning shots in the air to prevent inspectors from approaching the vehicles.

Summer, 1991 - Rolf Ekéus, Executive Chairman of UNSCOM, arranges for a loan to UNSCOM of an US Lockheed U-2 spy plane for taking surveillance photos of Iraq.

August 2, 1991 - UNSCOM's biological inspection team is told by Iraq that any research into biological weapons was "for defensive military purposes."

August 15, 1991 - The UN Security Council proposes Resolution 706, a "food for oil" resolution, allowing Iraq to export up to $1.6bn of oil, the revenue from which would be paid into a UN-administered account. This money would then only be used to buy food, medicines and other essential material for Iraqis over a six month period. Some of this money would also be used to meet compensation payments to Kuwait and the cost of UN operations. The UN Security Council passes Resolution 707, emphasising the need for Iraq to allow UNSCOM and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) immediate and unconditional access to any areas they wish to inspect. Iraq was also ordered not to move or hide anything relating to its nuclear, chemical or biological programs.

September 1991 - Former US Marine intelligence officer Scott Ritter is hired as a UNSCOM inspector September 21–30, 1991 IAEA inspectors discover files on Iraq's hidden nuclear weapons program. Iraqi officials confiscate documents from UN weapons inspectors. The UN inspectors refuse to turn over a second set of documents. In response, Iraq refuses to allow the inspection team to leave the site without turning over the documents. A four-day standoff ensues, but Iraq permits the team to leave with the documents after a statement from the UN Security Council threatens enforcement actions.

October 11, 1991 - The UN Security Council passes Resolution 715, which approves joint UNSCOM and IAEA plans for ongoing monitoring and verification. The resolution demands that Iraq "accept unconditionally the inspectors and all other personnel designated by the Special Commission" Iraq says that it considers the Monitoring and Verification Plans adopted by Resolution 715 to be unlawful, and states that it is not ready to comply with the Resolution.

February 18, 1992 - The Executive Chairman of UNSCOM details Iraq's refusal to abide by UN Security Council disarmament resolutions.

en.wikipedia.org...
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