Little Green Footballs linked to a post by Melanie Phillips about a meeting she had with General Georges Sada, a former Air Vice Marshal in Iraq under Saddam. He has written a book about his experience titled “Saddam’s Secrets: How an Iraqi General Defied And Survived Saddam Hussein.” In this book he outlines what he knows about the weapons of mass destructin in Iraq.

Everyone in the international arms community knew that Saddam had them and that he was spending like a sailor to buy more…The point is that when Saddam finally grasped the fact that it was just a matter of time until Iraq would be invaded by American and coalition forces, he knew he would have to take special measures to destroy, hide or at least disguise his stashes of biological and chemical weapons, along with the laboratories, equipment and plans associated with nuclear weapons development…

I have written about Iraq’s WMD program here and here, among others. Phillips continues about the meeting with General Sada.

He has listened to the tapes that recently surfaced of Saddam’s discussions with his top brass about the problems being caused by the UN weapons inspectors. He says the translations that have so far been made of these tapes are inadequate because the translators, who are of course Arabic speakers, do not however speak Tikriti Arabic, the dialect in which these discussions were conducted. Sada does speak Tikriti. He has translated a crucial three and a half minutes of these tapes, he says, in which Saddam and his generals are discussing how to outwit the UN inspectors; in which they say that the problem of the chemical weapons is solved but the biological are still causing a problem; that this problem will probably be solved with the help of the Russians and the French; and in which Saddam says: ‘In the future the terrorism will be with WMD’.

For those people who love to claim “Bush lied – people died” about the charge of Iraqi WMDs, nothing will be sufficient proof to them that Iraq had WMDs. Not even the chilling comment by Saddam’s son-in-law, Hussein Kamel, talking about how Iraq fooled the U.N. inspectors as caught on tape talking to Saddam:

“We did not reveal all that we have,” he says. “Not the type of weapons, not the volume of the materials we imported, not the volume of the production we told them about, not the volume of use. None of this was correct.”

I don’t believe these WMD deniers will ever believe that Saddam had WMDs until there is smoking gun proof. But the problem with a smoking gun is that you don’t find it until after it has gone off. Here are the final three paragraphs from Phillips’ account with a link added by me.

In April 2004, a group of al Qaeda terrorists was caught in Jordan with 20 tons of Sarin gas. When Sada heard of this, he says, his blood ran cold. There was only one place which was capable of producing 20 tons of Sarin: Saddam’s Iraq. To his horror, he says, he realized at that moment that Saddam’s WMD had got into the hands of al Qaeda.

Earlier this year, Sada was interrogated about his claims by the American House Intelligence committee, to whom he gave the names of the Iraqi pilots. Subsequently, he says, the Committee went to Iraq and spoke to the pilots. The result, he says, is that a major American investigative and diplomatic effort is now under way to finally locate the missing WMD.

But in Britain, I say, people now firmly believe that there were no WMD and that we were taken to war on a lie. Sada looks utterly flabbergasted. ‘How can they possibly think that?’ he asks in bewilderment and anger, and puts his head in his hands.

If you listen to the mass media pound the drum of “no WMDs,” then you know exactly how people could think that.

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