Wednesday, February 04, 2004


A discovery in Baghdad:
A 7-pound block of cyanide salt was discovered by U.S. troops in Baghdad at the end of January, officials confirmed to Fox News.

The potentially lethal compound was located in what was believed to be the safe house of Abu Musab Zarqawi, a poisons specialist described by some U.S. intelligence officials as having been a key link between deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and the Al Qaeda terror network.

Cyanides salts are extremely toxic. According to the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, exposure to even a small amount through contact or inhalation can cause immediate death.
As I recall my high-school AP chemistry class, cyanide kills by displacing the oxygen in hemoglobin. Victims of a cyanide attack die of asphyxiation. Not pleasant at all.

But here are three observations I took from this small story, a story which has appeared on no other major news network:
  • There is increasing evidence of links between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda, despite what Garry Trudeau thinks.
  • Imagine how difficult it is to find 7 pounds of anything in a country the size of Iraq. This is the big problem with WMD -- you can keep all of the agents in small, inert quantities until they're needed.
  • If cyanide salts aren't considered to be WMD, then what compounds are?
Sleep well, tonight.

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