Wonder of wonders it appears a member of Saddam’s inner circle is singing like a bird:
The man who served as the no. 2 official in Saddam Hussein’s air force says Iraq moved weapons of mass destruction into Syria before the war by loading the weapons into civilian aircraft in which the passenger seats were removed.
The Iraqi general, Georges Sada, makes the charges in a new book, “Saddam’s Secrets,” released this week. He detailed the transfers in an interview yesterday with The New York Sun.
“There are weapons of mass destruction gone out from Iraq to Syria, and they must be found and returned to safe hands,” Mr. Sada said. “I am confident they were taken over.”
Mr. Sada’s comments come just more than a month after Israel’s top general during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Moshe Yaalon, told the Sun that Saddam “transferred the chemical agents from Iraq to Syria.”
But but but….I thought there really never was any WMD’s? Isn’t that what the Democrats said? Even tho the man used them on his own people, he never really had any. That was all fake, just like landing on the moon right?
[…]Mr. Sada, 65, told the Sun that the pilots of the two airliners that transported the weapons of mass destruction to Syria from Iraq approached him in the middle of 2004, after Saddam was captured by American troops.”I know them very well. They are very good friends of mine. We trust each other. We are friends as pilots,” Mr. Sada said of the two pilots. He declined to disclose their names, saying they are concerned for their safety. But he said they are now employed by other airlines outside Iraq.
The pilots told Mr. Sada that two Iraqi Airways Boeings were converted to cargo planes by removing the seats, Mr. Sada said. Then Special Republican Guard brigades loaded materials onto the planes, he said, including “yellow barrels with skull and crossbones on each barrel.” The pilots said there was also a ground convoy of trucks.
The flights – 56 in total, Mr. Sada said – attracted little notice because they were thought to be civilian flights providing relief from Iraq to Syria, which had suffered a flood after a dam collapse in June of 2002.
“Saddam realized, this time, the Americans are coming,” Mr. Sada said. “They handed over the weapons of mass destruction to the Syrians.”
Mr. Sada said that the Iraqi official responsible for transferring the weapons was a cousin of Saddam Hussein named Ali Hussein al-Majid, known as “Chemical Ali.” The Syrian official responsible for receiving them was a cousin of Bashar Assad who is known variously as General Abu Ali, Abu Himma, or Zulhimawe.
Short of discovering the weapons in Syria, those seeking to validate Mr. Sada’s claim independently will face difficulty. His book contains a foreword by a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, David Eberly, who was a prisoner of war in Iraq during the first Gulf War and who vouches for Mr. Sada, who once held him captive, as “an honest and honorable man.”
You know what comes next don’t you? The left’s attack dogs will be set loose to discredit this man because they can’t let Bush be right. No matter what happens, Bush just has to be wrong.
The one person who will definately not like this book is the traitor himself, Senator Jay Rockefeller: (via Macsmind)
Kind of like tipping off a drug dealer that a raid is coming so they can flush the evidence down the toilet.
This is fixing to get good.
Mr. Rockefeller, you are in trouble.
The Democrats and Saddam himself owe a huge thank you to the UN, especially Germany, France, and Russia for dragging their feet for a year…gave him time to get rid of EVERYTHING.
In the end I guess all of us who support the war were pretty niave huh? To believe that a head of state would move his most effective means of defense outside his country while he himself crawled down a hole as an invading army toppled his regime, how dumb can we be? Never would happen. (/sarcasm)
Gotta plug Rightwing Nuthouse for his excellent post about this subject with lots of links.
What Other’s Are Saying:
At the very least, Air Marshal Sada’s story sounds credible, and matches pre-war activity that has been confirmed by other, independent sources. He is also highly respected by post-war Iraqi leaders and by American evangelicals who have worked with him, including Dr. Terry New. I’ve met Dr. New and know him as a man of great integrity who has risked his life to spread the Gospel throughout the Middle East.
His claims about the movement of Saddam’s WMD’s cannot be verified, unless and until, of course, the Assad government in Syria falls. But what about the story of his defying Saddam’s order to put to death the American, Kuwaiti and other coalition downed pilots?
This from Air Force Colonel David Eberly, shot down near Al Quim, Iraq, 1/22/91 and liberated 3/5/91 (42 days in captivity):
At the time we first met, we were enemies. He was clearly the enemy,” Eberly told me. “He was the other side of the blindfold, like anyone else who had put a gun to my head or spit on me or any other level of mistreatment.
“And yet in his mind, he personally viewed us differently. He viewed us as pilots who had protection under the Geneva Convention. He is a big man in the sense that he recognized what Iraq had signed up to, and it nearly cost him his life in trying to uphold that signature.”
I’ll wait here for the media to pick up on this, research it, interview Sada and admit that maybe, just maybe, WMDs *do* exist after all.
I can hear the crickets chirping already.
If true, it goes a long way to proving what many on the right had contended – not to mention what I’ve thought happened – that Iraq took all the time in the cheat and retreat phase of the Iraq war buildup to move and hide the WMD in places like Syria so that the WMD couldn’t be found.
Of course, we’ll need the proof for this to ever make any difference in the real world, but I think everytime we hear about one of these guys I cautiously feel a little more validated in my position. Let’s just hope we round the stuff up before it gets over here. We know other weapons parts were turning up as far away as the Netherlands, why is it so hard to believe that the treasured WMDs were snuck in to Syria, especially after they got a head start from Senator Rockefeller.
Yes, there is a bunch of hearsay and conjecture, but it really all means nothing until there can be solid proof of such a transfer. It is rather amazing that so many of the world?s top intelligence agencies all believed Iraq had WMDs and then there were none. Why though did these intelligence agencies not pick up on a transfer, if one ever existed in the first place?
But don’t think for a minute that the MSM will give any serious air-time to this story or to the book from which it comes… you see, it’s still the news that fits the template… and this doesn’t qualify.
I said it for years, it was the most logical explanation. This story will shape the November elections, and rightly so. I am sure the mainstream media will go out of its way to ignore this story instead it will whine about al qaida?s civil rights being violated in the New York Times manufactured scandal of the week.
Does it take an enormous stretch of the imagination to see the enactment of this assertion? Are any mental gymnastics needed to piece together that Saddam had all the time he needed to transport or hide the WMDs? In the transparency of their position, the Democrats and liberals failed to give any credence whatsoever to the fact that in a country the size of California, and with the time actually spent galvanizing a coalition, that Saddam had ample time to cover his tracks in whatever solution he chose to implement.
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