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Friday, May 16, 2003
Daily Kos points us to a great Guardian article entitled "Dire threat to minor concern in six easy stages" which uses quotes to show the way British officials have backed off from accusations of WMD in Iraq.
1: '[Saddam's] WMD programme is active, detailed and growing. It is up and running... Iraq has chemical and biological weapons. Saddam has continued to produce them, he has existing and active military plans for the use of chemical and biological weapons, which could be activated within 45 minutes, including against his own Shia population; and he is actively trying to acquire nuclear weapons capability' Tony Blair, emergency Commons debate to discuss government dossier on Iraq's WMD programme, September 24 2002
6: 'It is not crucially important [that we have not found WMD]... 10,000 litres [of anthrax] is one third of one petrol tanker. Whether or not we are able to find one third of one petrol tanker in a country twice the size of France remains to be seen' Jack Straw, Today programme, May 14