WMD cannot be found for the same reason Saddam cannot be found |
Mahmood Elahi, Ottawa, Canada
After the US-led ouster of the Iraqi dictator, many critics have been blaming the US President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair for exaggerating the threats posed by Saddam's weapons of mass destruction (WMD). This allegation is mainly based on the fact that the coalition forces have not uncovered such weapons after two months since the fall of Baghdad. These critics must ask themselves another question: Why after two months since the ouster of the Iraqi regime, have not the allies found Saddam and his two sons?
Saddam and his two sons are much reviled and they have made many enemies because of their wanton brutality toward the Iraqi people in general and their political opponents in particular. It should have been extremely easy to find them once their hold on power is gone. Yet, the Americans are nowhere near to finding Saddam. This explains that Saddam must have planned his escape knowing full well that the Americans would invade his country sooner or later. He must be hiding right inside Baghdad, a huge city of five million, where many houses can be used as hideouts. Saddam must also have planned his armed resistance to the Americans after the fall of Baghdad. The widespread looting may be a part of the plan. If the Americans can be kept busy fighting the looters and for their own security, they can hardly operate freely.
Similarly, Saddam might have taken elaborate steps to hide his weapons of mass destruction. Most experts think that it takes a small amount of laboratory space to develop and store these bio-chemical weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The only way to find them will be to search as many Iraqi houses as possible. This will take years, if not decades. In fact, the greatest danger may be that faced with growing combat casualties, the Americans will cut short their military presence and let some kind of weak Iraqi government to take over as they have done in Afghanistan where warlords now rule most of the country.
Until the Americans have captured Saddam and his sons, they may not be able to find the WMD.