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Weapons inspector’s testimony on Iraq WMD is chilling

Dear Editor,

I find it perplexing that the critics of Operation Iraqi Freedom have totally ignored the recent testimony of weapons inspector David Kay. Mr. Kay testified, “Iraq’s WMD programs spanned more than two decades, involved thousands of people, billions of dollars and were elaborately shielded by security and deception operations that continued even beyond the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom.”

Saddam’s practice was to store his chemical and biological weapons among his conventional weapons. Saddam left behind 130 known ammunition caches, some of which are the size of Manhattan. Kay’s team has only inspected 10 of these.

Even so, the question of whether Saddam was still in the WMD business is no longer open.

“We have discovered dozens of WMD-related program activities,” Kay testified, “and significant amounts of equipment that Iraq concealed from the U.N. during inspections that began in late 2002.”

The list of discoveries is chilling. A secret network of labs and safe houses within the Iraqi Intelligence service, biorganisms kept in scientists’ homes, including Botulinum, Brucella, Congo Crimean Hemorrhagic Fever, Ricin and Aflatoxin, all undeclared to the U.N.

Kay’s finding of “dozens of WMD-related program activities,” concealed from U.N. inspectors, is an irrefutable material breech of U.N. resolution 1441 and is an open-and-shut vindication of the U.S. decision to disarm Saddam.

Apparently the critics of our involvement in Iraq have not read Mr. Kay’s testimony. Of course they wouldn’t have anything to whine about if they did read it, would they?

Bob Anderson

Glenwood Springs

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