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).