Thursday, March 03, 2005


Holy christ

Al Jazeera is reporting that "an official at Iraq's health ministry" gave a press conference today in the health ministry building in Baghdad at which he claimed that "U.S. occupation forces used internationally prohibited substances, including mustard gas, nerve gas, and other burning chemicals" during the most recent attacks on Fallujah.

In other words, we have found the weapons of mass destruction, and they are ours.

It's hard to put too much faith in the accuracy of the article, as it's uncorroborated by any source I can find in a quick look around the Web. But isn't it worth investigating?

The article continued on to say that various international news agencies were at this press conference, including the Washington Post and Knight-Ridder. However, there's nothing I can find in Google News from any such news source.

Nonetheless, if this guy who works for the current government of Iraq is saying these things about U.S. forces in an official governmental building - I think that alone is worth reporting, whether he's accurate or not. If it's all a big lie, and the press conference never happened or the guy never said that, I think it needs to be reported that al Jazeera is writing such an article.

Either way, it's disturbing.

(Note: the article also reminds us that napalm YES NAPALM was used in Fallujah and elsewhere in Iraq, and that last year "Labour MPs in the UK demanded Prime Minister Tony Blair to confront the Commons over the use of napalm gas in Fallujah." This was reported in November in the Sunday Mirror. Over at daily Kos, Avila diaried the issue of napalm during the 2003 invasion.)

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