Wednesday, May 19, 2004
::: Sarin Gas - The French Don't Believe It :::
"...a shell filled with sarin gas would seem a little too convenient."
Uh oh ... they apparently don't believe the sovereignty thingie either.
"... provisional government will have neither the sovereignty that could convince Iraqis of its legitimacy, nor the security that it could derive from it."
Looks like the Brits are wondering too ...
At least they have more insight into Sarin Nerve Gas.
Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt said the shell appeared to be of a type of which the Iraqi regime claimed to have destroyed before the 1991 Gulf war. He said it was unlikely that the insurgents who planted it knew it contained sarin.
The explosion happened a "couple of days ago," he said.
The shell was old and a "binary" type, in which two chemical components are mixed before the agent is produced. The shell was originally intended to be fired from a heavy artillery gun.
"It was probably just scavenged from one of the 125-plus ammunition storage points that still remain," he said.
To steal a phrase from SouthKnoxBubba -
Jumping Jesus on a Pogo Stick!!