December 4th 2004

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: The rise of Condoleezza Rice

EDITORIAL: Corporate power ... and the public interest

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Talent gap widens between major parties

CENSORSHIP: Nicole Kidman in controversial movie

ECONOMICS: Productivity report driven by ideology

FINANCE: Day of reckoning for Australia's debt binge?

RURAL AFFAIRS: The National Party's Telstra sale dilemma

NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION PART 1: Iran backs down on uranium enrichment

NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION PART 2: US doubtful about Tehran's intentions

VIET TAN: New reform party launched for Vietnam

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Uncharted territory / The Zamindars / Labor's performance / The Light on the Hill

SEX EDUCATION: Telling teens the truth - 'cool' virginity, abstinence and faithful marriage

US ELECTIONS: Christians eat lions in 2004 election

China's stand-off with Taiwan (letter)

Labor needs heart transplant (letter)

Saddam's secret weapons (letter)

BOOKS: MONASH: The outsider who won a war, by Roland Perry

THE CRISIS OF ISLAM: Holy War and Unholy Terror, by Bernard Lewis

BOOKS: Non-Alignment and Peace versus Military Alignment and War

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Saddam's secret weapons (letter)

by Chris Rule

News Weekly, December 4, 2004

In his article, "Why we went to war in Iraq", Alistair Barros refers to David Kay, original head of the Iraq Survey Group. Although he did not find Saddam's alleged WMD stockpiles, Kay's testimony before the US Senate Armed Services Committee, according to Barros "actually vindicated the invasion of Iraq" (News Weekly, October 23).

Barros goes on to say: "To be sure, no stockpiles of WMDs were found, but a sizeable WMD system was."

Scott Ritter, although he opposed last year's invasion of Iraq, confirmed in his book, Endgame: Solving the Iraq Crisis (Simon and Schuster), what the Iraq Survey Group had found.

In the appendix to the book (first published in 1999 and re-released in 2002), Ritter stated:

  • "The Iraqis maintain, at a minimum, the capability to produce, weaponise, store and employ chemical weapons" (p.233).

  • "The Iraqis have at least the capability to produce, weaponise, store and employ biological weapons" (p.235).

  • "The Iraqis maintain at a minimum the capability to conduct active research and development in the field of gaseous centrifuge enrichment and the weaponisation of a nuclear device" (p.239).

Chris Rule,
Gilmore, ACT

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