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Saturday, March 25, 2006

Sada stories

Who needs logic when you have unsubstantiated 2nd hand accounts?

The most recent attempt by right wing apologists for the war in Iraq to find proof that Saddam Hussein had Weapons of Mass Destruction comes from the word of an individual named General Georges Sada. Sada, an Iraqi Air Force General, claims that two commercial jets converted to cargo carrying by removing the seats and toilets made 56 sorties in 2002 transporting yellow barrels with black scull and crossbones painted on them to Damascus. Although at the end of last February he appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee in closed session we have no report of any details. If the sorties carrying WMD ingredients were fake passenger flights then what were the flight numbers and dates? Does Sada remember or care to tell us the names of the pilots? Any idea what was in those yellow barrels?

This adds to the earlier claims that U.S. spy satellites photographed a convoy of trucks moved WMDs to Syria at the beginning of the war. This also runs afoul of the logical contradiction resulting from the absolute U.S. air superiority and ability to land troops by helicopter. If the satellite claim had any veracity why did the Administration not do anything about it at the time?

Be prepared for numerous accusations that the mainstream media are "ignoring" or "supressing" this "important" source. This relates to the Right Wing Lie Factory. When you encounter this accusation you now know the wing nuts refer to an unsubstantiated account by a professional syncophant. If Administration officials start to mention this then we will lose even more credibility with the rest of the world. On the other hand, the lack of noise on this coming from the White House suggests they know better.

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