December 17th 2005

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Articles from this issue:

EDITORIAL: The death penalty and Van Tuong Nguyen

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Contenders for the Howard succession

CULTURE WARS: Fighting to defend civilisation

SCHOOLS: Truth and beauty to exchanged for 'relevance'

OPINION: Abortion drug victimises women

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Burma, ASEAN and selective breast-beating / Latham was right / Asia for the Australians / News item

FOREIGN DEBT: Greenspan issues warning over foreign debt

PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE Private funding 'more expensive'

INTERNATIONAL POLITICS: Global significance of China-India relations

IRAQ WAR: Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction

ENVIRONMENT: Ensuring sustainable agriculture

TIMOR LESTE: 'Thanks for helping East Timor'

Compulsory voting a necessity (letter)

Disabled people at risk from euthanasia (letter)

ABC insults Australia's war dead (letter)

Low pay and joblessness (letter)

BOOKS: HOW MUMBO-JUMBO CONQUERED THE WORLD: A Short History of Modern Delusions, by Francis Wheen

BOOKS: FEMALE CHAUVINIST PIGS: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture, by Ariel Levy

BOOKS: THE CASE FOR DEMOCRACY: The power of freedom to overcome tyranny and terror, by Natan Sharansky

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Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction

News Weekly, December 17, 2005
Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein smuggled weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) out of his country into Syria on the eve of the US-led invasion of Iraq, it was revealed in Australia recently.

The Iraq Government's National Security Adviser, General Georges H. Sada, was in Australia as guest speaker at the 20th Annual National Prayer Breakfast, held in the main hall of Federal Parliament House, Canberra, on November 28.

The 600 guests who attended the prayer breakfast included federal parliamentarians Peter Costello, John Anderson, Kevin Rudd, Harry Quick and Bruce Baird, as well as the Governor-General, His Excellency Major-General Michael Jeffery, and his wife.

General Georges H. Sada was previously Iraqi air vice-marshal under Saddam Hussein.

During his time in Australia, Sada revealed that some of Saddam Hussein's WMDs were destroyed, but that a large number were smuggled across the border into Syria, where they remain to this day.

Born in Nineveh, Sada is an Assyrian Christian who at various times fell foul of Saddam Hussein.

Once, when Sada was air vice-marshal, Saddam ordered him to equip 96 Russian-built supersonic fighters with chemical weapons which were to be dropped on the main population centres in Israel.

Sada refused to carry out the order, pleading that the Israelis' superior military equipment could identify Iraqi aircraft before they reached their targets.

General Sada will release more details about Saddam Hussein's secret weapons of mass destruction in a book due to be launched on January 24 2006, called Saddam's Secrets: How an Iraqi General Defied and Survived Saddam Hussein (Integrity Publishers).

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