April 03, 2003

Past Practices Worth keeping in

Past Practices

Worth keeping in mind as the coalition continues to ratchet up the pressure and attempt to tighten the proverbial noose around Baghdad:

"Despite the unimpressive results the development of such CW continued. By 1987 significant quantities of nerve gas, both Tabun and Sarin, were produced and weaponised, but mustard gas became the mainstay of Iraq's chemical armoury. These weapons were not used to any strategic effect, and Iraq mainly used chemical attacks as a desperate last resort in the face of continued Iranian advances." [my emphasis]

That's assuming that Saddam is still around to issue such orders (and, of course, that no renegade commanders would use WMD without being directed to by Saddam personally).

UPDATE: Similar concerns from Down Under.

Posted by Gregory at April 3, 2003 09:58 AM
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