The Left's Biggest Lie
This piece with it's link back to Dafydd ab Hugh is worth reprinting in full, courtesy of Powerline. Adolf has not inconsiderable experience dealing with pesticides (just ask dim) and in particular with insecticides of which organophosphates are a particular group. These derive from chemical compounds discovered during World War Two by predominantly German companies such as BASF and Bayer. Sarin was and is one of these.
When the Iraq invasion was in full swing I remember seeing a piece from a jounalist embedded with the US Infantry who had discovered a large number of drums containing what, if I remember correctly, were called 'commercial insecticides.' This dump was located only a few score metres from shell filling equipment for liquids and a substantial number of shell casings. I sat up with a start.
Aha, I thought. There we are, so that's how they were going to do it.
To my surprise the media did no follow up, the US authorities allegedly reported (so the media said) that there was no trace of WMD, only insecticides and everyone went to sleep. I blogged about it at the time, pointing out that many commercial OP insecticides commonly used thirty years ago in New Zealand and Australia have the capacity to kill very large numbers of people, even when administered in very small quantities. The connection was so blindingly obvious that I could never understand why it was ignored.
'Many times, we found huge drums of cyclosarin-based "pesticides" hidden in camouflaged ammunition bunkers... and many times we found empty chemical rockets and artillery shells, often at the same ammo dumps. But evidently, that doesn't constitute chemical weapons according to the ISG. But if Hussein's regime had actually poured the first into the second, then and only then would they be defined as chemical weapons.'
Of course Saddam Hussein had WMD and plenty of them. We know them from their brand names such as Azodrin, Phosdrin, Metasystox, Bidrin, Dichlorvos to name but a few.. They kill by screwing up the nervous system. They are nerve agents, not quite as potent as sarin but never the less very potent and well able to kill people exposed to them. Got it? All you have to do is trot along and look up the LD50 ratings for some of these compounds and then ask why an army would keep hundreds of gallons of this stuff in a bunker near artillary shell filling equipment, in an area where few vegies are grown.
Oh, by the way, for the uninitiated pseudo blogger journalists around the place, LD50 means the number of milligrammes of material required per kilogramme of live weight, to kill half of a population. The lower the figure, the more toxic the compound.
To help you understand this try and realise that the dermal (absorbed through the skin) LD50 rating for rats (it's difficult to get accurate data for humans) applying to Dichclorvos ranges from 75 to 107 and the rating for dieldrin is 60 to 90. The rating for Sarin appears to be around 5 to 10
So much for the competence of yet another UN agency which when looking for WMD expected to find a bright red drum bearing the label 'WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION.'