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 Tuesday, June 17, 2003

  CONFIRMED:The Two Iraqi Mobile Labs Are NOT Germ Warfare Labs

The President of the United States was so sure that the two mobile trailer labs discovered in Iraq was for WMD. He said so himself. So did Tony Blair. The US media (and HERE ) hyped about it.

Now official British investigation by scientists confirmed what Iraqis had been saying - they were used for producing hydrogen to fill artillery balloons.

Excerpt from Peter Beaumont, Antony Barnett and Gaby Hinsliff (The Observer , UK) 's report:

An official British investigation into two trailers found in northern Iraq has concluded they are NOT mobile germ warfare labs, as was claimed by Tony Blair and President George Bush, but were for the production of hydrogen to fill artillery balloons, as the Iraqis have continued to insist.

The conclusion by biological weapons experts working for the British Government is an embarrassment for the Prime Minister, who has claimed that the discovery of the labs proved that Iraq retained weapons of mass destruction and justified the case for going to war against Saddam Hussein.

Instead, a British scientist and biological weapons expert, who has examined the trailers in Iraq, told The Observer last week: 'They are not mobile germ warfare laboratories. You could not use them for making biological weapons. They do not even look like them. They are exactly what the Iraqis said they were - facilities for the production of hydrogen gas to fill balloons.'

The conclusion of the investigation ordered by the British Government - is hugely embarrassing for Blair, who had used the discovery of the alleged mobile labs as part of his efforts to silence criticism over the failure of Britain and the US to find any weapons of mass destruction since the invasion of Iraq.

The revelation that the mobile labs were to produce hydrogen for artillery balloons will also cause discomfort for the British authorities because the Iraqi army's original system was sold to it by the British company, Marconi Command & Control.

Can we still trust the President of the United States for any further statements about Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction?

In his State of Union Address early this year, Bush's recounting of the thousands of litres of biological and chemical weapons frightened Americans and Congress - so much so, Americans agreed with their Commander-in-Chief to go to war in Iraq, sending 250,000 brave young American boys and girls to the Middle East desert.

Colin Powell went into dramatic performance to prove to the world what Bush was saying about the need to disam Iraq's WMD. But even then, Powell's evidence presented at the UN Security Council turned out to be false and misleading. And for that, when the war began, thousands of Iraqis were killed, so have hundreds of US soldiers.

The war had ended, but Iraqis and American soldiers continue to be killed in post-war Iraq.

Let's hope they can find just a few pints of anthrax or chemicals to save the honor and office of the US President George W. Bush and the UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Note: And in all this, it is becoming a joke - a fatal international joke that had killed thousands of people, many are women and children. The US mainstream media are less becoming the Fourth Estate. They are now more like an adjunct to the Executive Estate.

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