Fri 3 Jan, 2003 01:31 pm
The other day I read an article in which Sharon claimed that Saddam had shipped his arsenal of WMD's to Syria prior to allowing inspectors to return. What do you think of that possibility? Is that why the inspectors have been unsuccessful in uncovering any in Iraq?
You don't suppose he's hiding them under his bed?
Well if he is let's hope this happens:
Hizballah Misfires First Missile Of Iraqi Shipment
The powerful blast that reverberated across eastern and central
Lebanon Sunday, December 29, was caused by the explosion of a big
surface missile in Hizballah hands and of Iraqi origin. Reporting
this, DEBKAfile's exclusive military and Lebanese sources reveal
that the Lebanese Shiite terrorist group has recently taken delivery
of a shipment of surface missiles, presumed to be medium-range, from
the Iraqi army. The blast occurred at a Hizballah training camp near
a village called Janta in the northeastern section of the Beqaa
Valley close to the Syrian frontier. This camp is also used by the
group as a testing ground for new weapons, short range missiles and
explosive devices. The blast was heard at a distance of 20 km
indicating a warhead of one ton at least.
According to our sources, the missile exploded suddenly, catching the
Hizballah team handling it unawares and causing a large number of
casualties, as indicated by the long line of ambulances and rescue
teams reported by witnesses to be racing to the blast scene from
northern and central Lebanon. Among them were Syrian military rescue
vehicles. The Hizballah quickly sealed off the ravaged area, allowing
no one through but the rescue teams, their own operatives and Syrian
Military sources consulted by DEBKAfile ascribe the missile explosion
to three possible causes:
A. One of the recently delivered Iraqi missiles exploded accidentally
while being unpacked and stowed in an underground bunker by Hizballah
If this is what happened, then the missiles were armed when they made
their way from northern Iraq through Syria to eastern Lebanon ?
either because the consignment was approved by the Iraqi leadership
in great haste, leaving no time to disarm them, or to enable the
transport crew to target Israel if attacked from the ground or air.
B. One of the missiles was set up for launching against Israel and
exploded prematurely. For the Hizballah, shooting even one missile
into northern Israel would have gained the group enormous prestige in
its Arab and Muslim milieu, while Israel would have found it hard to
justify a large-scale response to a single missile. Had it landed in
an open space, the Hizballah would have claimed it was misfired.
Our Lebanese sources report that the Iraqi ruler, Saddam Hussein, is
leaning hard on the Hizballah secretary general, Sheikh Hassan
Nasrallah, to open a warfront against Israel in the hope of easing US
military pressure on Iraq.
C. The Hizballah was setting the missile up for a practice launch
when it blew up. This is unlikely as the Beqaa Valley is not the
logical place for testing medium or long range missiles. From there
they can only be fired at Syria, Israel or the Mediterranean. Of the
three, Israel would make the most sense.
Hizballah officials and media have been working overtime to play down
the missile mishap and divert attention from the heavy casualty toll
and massive destruction it engendered ? a far cry from the blaze of
glory that Nasrallah envisioned would be his when he staged his first
missile attack on the Jewish state, whether the weapon he launched
was supplied by Syria, Iran or Iraq.
Can't really be, Lightwizard, since Craven is already there:
"All about Craven de Kere
Location: Under your bed!!!"
I didn't find any WMDs under Sadaam's bed. :-)
BTW Sharon didn't say they did move them to Syria, just that they might have. I can see why Sharon would say that (it fits his own agenda) but I strongly doubt Sadaam would do that.