Along the Tracks

Monday, January 27, 2003

Define ‘smoking gun’

In his report before the Security Council, Hans Blix apparently admitted inspectors recently have found a mustard gas precursor in Iraq. I’m no chemist, so I can’t speak as to whether this “precursor” might be claimed under “dual use” or not, but Blix did say it was not in the 12,000-page listing Iraq gave to the U.N. in December.

So, once again, critics will claim this is no “smoking gun.” But now we have found bullets (the chemical warheads) and smoke (the mustard gas precursor). As so many have said, it’s likely the “smoking gun” will be a green cloud hovering over the dead in Tel Aviv or London or New York.

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