These are not the WMD you’re looking for

June 22, 2006

WMD found in Iraq as reported over at Fox News:

"We have found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, chemical weapons," Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., said in a quickly called press conference late Wednesday afternoon.

Reading from a declassified portion of a report by the National Ground Intelligence Center, a Defense Department intelligence unit, Santorum said: "Since 2003, coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent. Despite many efforts to locate and destroy Iraq's pre-Gulf War chemical munitions, filled and unfilled pre-Gulf War chemical munitions are assessed to still exist."

But . . .

Asked why the Bush administration, if it had known about the information since April or earlier, didn't advertise it, [Senator] Hoekstra conjectured that the president has been forward-looking and concentrating on the development of a secure government in Iraq.

Offering the official administration response to FOX News, a senior Defense Department official pointed out that the chemical weapons were not in useable conditions.

"This does not reflect a capacity that was built up after 1991," the official said, adding the munitions "are not the WMDs this country and the rest of the world believed Iraq had, and not the WMDs for which this country went to war."

Passing this off as 'WMD found in Iraq' is just silly.  So what's with the press conference?  I think this is just crudely played politics on the Senators' part.

Besides, EVERYONE knows that Saddam's WMD were spirited over the Syrian border in the weeks before the Coalition invasion.


Mother Sheehan supports the troops

June 18, 2006

Rabid moonbat Cindy Sheehan shows up in Canada, yet again, reports CNEWS

This time she’s there to support the troops, er, sort of:

. . . Sheehan was making her second visit to Canada in support of sanctuary for those fleeing the U.S. military.  Canada has so far denied political asylum to U.S. soldiers who have sought it but appeals are pending.

. . . About 20 former U.S. soldiers, referred to as war resisters, have applied for refugee status in Canada. Organizers estimated there may be as many as 200 soldiers in the country who have not yet sought formal protection.

These soldiers volunteered for service.  There hasn’t been a draft in the US since 1973.  Let’s get these appeals heard so we can ship these illegal aliens home. 

What a waste of public money.

al-Sistani fatwa an insult to Canada

June 15, 2006

When Canadian law just isn't reason enough. 

As reported by CTV:

Leaders urge Muslims in Canada to obey fatwa

Representatives of Canada's Islamic community issued a call to action on Wednesday, urging Muslims to obey a religious edict that condemns violence and sanctions peace.

"Muslims have undertaken to obey the laws of a country of their residence, and thus they must be faithful to that undertaking," according to the fatwa issued by Iraq's most senior Shia cleric, the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.

The Lebanese Islamic Centre's Linda Clark told reporters at a press conference in Montreal that the edict means it is a sin for Muslims in Canada to act against the fatwa, which is a legal opinion or ruling issued by an Islamic scholar.

. . . "And as soon as they enter it they are pledged to live there in the same manner as the rest of the population without causing any harm to public security and safety."

Ah, gee, thanks for the help . . . but I'm not sure I'm comfortable with the thought that any segment of Canada's Muslim community might be taking its marching orders from foreign religious leaders.

I've got an idea.  If you want to live in Canada maybe you should live by the laws of the land, just . . . because . . . and not because someone's issued a religious edict.

So what would happen if an influential, foreign, Muslim leader issues a fatwa that runs contrary to Canadian law in the future?

What BBC bias?

June 15, 2006

Here is an excellent example of BBC’s slanted converage as it reports on the availability of ammunition in Iraq. 

Bullets ‘flooding Baghdad market’

Research carried out by the UK-based charity Oxfam says Baghdad’s black market is awash with new ammunition. Much of it originated from factories in Eastern Europe and Russia, according to the report. It says the ammunition was either smuggled in or leaked from the supplies imported by coalition forces. Statistics in the report show some of the ammunition examined was manufactured over 20 years ago 

. . . Most are said have been manufactured after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. Many of the bullets had been made in the Czech Republic, Serbia, Romania and Russia, the report added.

. . . Export data exists for only 17% of the bullets on the market, leaving over 80% of global supplies unaccounted for. 

Well, okay.  So far so good.  From this report most of the new ammunition in Iraq comes from Russia and Eastern European Countries.  I’m quite surprised that China isn’t mentioned, but that’s not what they found, apparently.

Now, here’s the graphic they decide to include with this article:

Global Arms Production, sort of

Wow!  Americans are such war-mongering bastards.  Look at how much death they export! . . .

Wait a minute . . . if you squint and read the small print you’ll realise that this accounts for only 17% of estimated global production.  You may also notice that countries such as China, Russia, North Korea, Pakistan and India . . . are nowhere to be found.  Are these some of the countries that make up the rest of the global production?

This graphic also provides no context.  This is production.  How much of US ammunition is used by the US military, law enforcement, average Americans and ally governments?

So incredibly dishonest of the BBC.

 Hat-tip to CanCon reader Gary.  


Al-Zarqawi killed in US air strike

June 8, 2006

Muderer and chief thug of al-Qaida in Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is dead.

Zarqawi fumbling 

The Associated Press reports: 

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al-Qaida's leader in Iraq who led a bloody campaign of suicide bombings and kidnappings, has been killed in an air strike, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Thursday, adding that his identity was confirmed by fingerprints and a look at his face. It was a major victory in the U.S.-led war in Iraq and the broader war on terror.

Perhaps surprisingly:

. . . Loud applause broke out among the reporters and soldiers as al-Maliki, flanked by U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and U.S. Gen. George Casey, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, told a news conference that "al-Zarqawi was eliminated."

Ah, and the predominant media spin continues . . .

. . . But any hopes the Jordanian-born terror leader's death would help stem the violence in Iraq were dimmed hours later when a car bomb exploded in a Baghdad market, killing 12 and wounding 65.

This is great news for all of us, but especially for the Iraqis, the Coalition and the Global War on Terror.