Where are the WMDs? Maybe they’re in Europe.

I’m not sure if this shocks me, enrages me, or does nothing to me.

Apparently, the IAEA has discovered that a large amount of material was smuggled out of Iraq prior to the Iraq War, and it included material that was subject to UN inspectors.

Money quote:

Large amounts of nuclear-related equipment, some of it contaminated, and a small number of missile engines have been smuggled out of Iraq for recycling in European scrap yards, according to the head of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog and other U.N. diplomats.

Mohammed ElBaradei, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, warned the U.N. Security Council in a letter that U.N. satellite photos have detected “the extensive removal of equipment and, in some instances, removal of entire buildings” from sites that had been subject to U.N. monitoring before the U.S.-led war against Iraq.


A senior U.N. official said they discovered that two buildings at one former site had vanished and that several scrap piles contained weapons-related materials were also missing.

“Entire buildings” disappeared? Entire buildings. And keep in mind these were buildings that were related to nuclear development which the UN was suppose to be keeping tabs on during inspections. Does it not seem plausible that if there really WMDs that it would have been very easy to make them disappear, especially considering some of them could possibly be in containers as small as a briefcase?

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