posted on May, 6 2003 @ 07:39 AM
There have been varied reports that there has been widespread looting at known sites in Iraq that store radioactive materials, and of incompetence in
the 'coalitions' securing of the sites.
Last Wednesday the IAEA wrote to Washington asking for an investigative team to be allowed into Iraq. They have yet to receive a response.
"We have been assured by the US that they would secure these facilities, but the agency finds these reports [of looting] disturbing," said IAEA
spokeswoman Melissa Fleming."
"On Saturday, a Washington Post reporter travelling with a special US defence department team visited the Baghdad Nuclear Research Facility. US
soldiers at the site told him Iraqis had been "coming in by the score" for two weeks. The team found radioactive material scattered around the
"Also on Saturday, a New York Times reporter with the same team visited the nearby Tuwaitha site, again finding radioactive material stored
haphazardly around the site and indications that, even by Saturday, little or nothing had been done to prevent looting."
Now, wasn't the main aim of this war to disarm Saddam Hussein of 'weapons of mass destruction' on the basis that these weapons or elements of
dangerous material had to be stopped from getting into terrorist hands? Wouldn't therefore the first priority be to secure the sites where these
materials where stored? By the looks of it the answer would be no. Its actually looking like the terrorists have been given a better chance to get
hold of these materials by the U.S than they ever had with Saddam.
So why aren't these sites the top priority? Is it another example of the reasons given not being the main priority of the war? It's looking ever
And will the U.S let the U.N into Iraq to investigate?
Will they hell.
Incidentally, the BBC is claiming to have found evidence that U.S troops actually encouraged looting in Iraq’s cities in the days after the fall of