Wednesday, November 09, 2005


Seeing a post at The Bulldog Manifesto reminded me to mention here, that there is new evidence of the alleged use of napalm and white phosphorus in Iraq. Searching on Google News shows several articles on the subject, but most are rehashes of the same thing. The Christian Science Monitor has a nice roundup of what little is known so far. Basically, an Italian news agency has aired a film that is claimed to offer evidence of the use of the weapons. Obviously, a formal investigation would be needed to see if the evidence constitutes proof. I must say, though, that it looks pretty damning.

I won't trouble anyone with expressions of my feelings of the subject, other than to link back to what I already wrote, back in June of this year.

Surfing a bit more reveals this: Information on the US mishandling of chemical weapons is found at the destination of a link at the bottom of the CSM article. It goes to an article in the Miami Herald, which requires registration. Some poking around leads to the original articles, here, which are open without registration.
The Army now admits that it secretly dumped 64 million pounds of nerve and mustard agents into the sea, along with 400,000 chemical-filled bombs, land mines and rockets and more than 500 tons of radioactive waste - either tossed overboard or packed into the holds of scuttled vessels. A Daily Press investigation also found: These weapons of mass destruction virtually ring the country, concealed off at least 11 states - six on the East Coast, two on the Gulf Coast, California, Hawaii and Alaska. Few, if any, state officials have been informed of their existence. The chemical agents could pose a hazard for generations. The Army has examined only a few of its 26 dump zones and none in the past 30 years. The Army can't say exactly where all the weapons were dumped from World War II to 1970. Army records are sketchy, missing or were destroyed.
It's good investigative journalism by John M. R. Bull, of the Newport News Daily Press. Just don't read it during mealtime, or before meals, or after meals. Yuck.

The one other comment that I have is this: it is really really really strange that we are spending billions of dollars to keep terrorists from bringing weapons of mass destruction into our country, yet we are letting our own WMD corrode in the sea, just off our own shores.