Good for the goose, but not good for the gander
The American government is concerned about the information that Iraq ordered a large quantity of medicines from Turkey. Those medicines are allegedly capable of protecting Iraqi soldiers from chemical weapons.
The Iraqi order was for 1.25 million atropine doses, as the New York Times wrote. The size of that order is a much larger than the quantity that could satisfy medical needs. This drug is usually used on to treat heart attacks. However, it can also be used as to protect people from chemical weapons. It can be particularly used to protect people from nerve gas poisoning.
US State Department spokesman Richard Boucher claimed that the United States is very concerned about Iraq’s order of atropine, which was made beyond the scope of humanitarian needs. Boucher suggested that such a large purchase of medicines might testify to Iraq’s preparation for chemical warfare.
For the time being, it is not known if Iraq already purchased the antidote or just placed an order. The Turkish government stated that they do not know anything about such order. Atropine is not included on the list of drugs banned by the international embargo on Iraq.
It is quite possible that the situation described by the New York Times is true. However, it is not ruled out that a group of American gentlemen and one lady (Secretary of State Colin Powell, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice) simply went mad over the fact that Saddam ruined their game plan.
It is an open secret that Americans are developing new kinds of biological and chemical weapons. This information periodically appears in the press. Therefore, there can be one conclusion made: the United States did not stop such programs at the end of the Cold War. On the contrary, America increased funding for these illegal programs. We are also certain that Russia has not stopped such programs. The mysterious gas that was used during the storming of the theater in Moscow proves this very well. Nevertheless, America’s policy in this respect is rather surprising. The United States claims that the so-called “axis of evil” continues to develop “weapons of mass destruction,” whereas America itself is absolutely pure and clean and has nothing like that at all.
In addition, the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera has recently published an article about the gas that was used to destroy the hostage-takers in Moscow. It was particularly said that the Russian gas was nothing in comparison with the Pentagon’s secret experiments. The author of that article wrote that America has cluster bombs that spray gas. Genetically altered anthrax spores that can withstand antibiotics are also being created. There are also cocktails of gases developed: blends of drugs, tear gas, and pepper gas. There is also supergas, the shells of which can be shot from a mortar.
The newspaper referred to information that was received from two British scientists. They said that it is the USA and Great Britain are working on the new generation of chemical and biological weapons. Below, we present some facts.
First, the CIA has been conducting secret research in the field in order to catch up with Russians, who never observed the chemical weapons treaty of 1997. Washington expressed protest in July of the current year against the inspections of the international organization (the UN Committee for Chemical Disarmament) that were meant to guarantee the supervision of the fulfillment of the above-mentioned treaty. The United States even forced the chairman of that committee resign, thinking that he was too “pro-Iraq.” The Pentagon has a department for non-lethal arms, which denies any secret developments. However, the budget for the development of chemical and biological weapons was considerably increased for the year 2005.
The US Defense Department has acknowledged the use of sarine nerve gas in one of Hawaii’s forest reserves in 1967, when the Cold War was underway. It was a part of the experiment with chemical and biological weapons within the framework of Project 112. The project was implemented from 1960 until 1970. The Pentagon performed 150 tests for checking the efficiency of new weapons of mass destruction.
The recent confession of the US Defense Department is meant to warn American veterans that they could have been subjected to chemical weapons back in those days. Yet, the Pentagon did not say which military units were implicated in those tests, or if there were any casualties. Some of these tests were carried out onboard US Navy ships. The Pentagon sent letters to some 1.4 thousand naval veterans, recommending them to undergo medical examinations.
Dmitry Litvinovich PRAVDA.Ru
Translated by Dmitry Sudakov