The man who served as the no. 2 official in Saddam Hussein's air force says Iraq moved weapons of mass destruction into Syria before the war by loading the weapons into civilian aircraft in which the passenger seats were removed.
The Iraqi general, Georges Sada, makes the charges in a new book, "Saddam's Secrets," released this week. He detailed the transfers in an interview yesterday with The New York Sun.
"There are weapons of mass destruction gone out from Iraq to Syria, and they must be found and returned to safe hands," Mr. Sada said. "I am confident they were taken over."
Mr. Sada's comments come just more than a month after Israel's top general during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Moshe Yaalon, told the Sun that Saddam "transferred the chemical agents from Iraq to Syria."Read it here.
I have no idea how reliable this information is, but it seemed inconceivable at the time that Saddam would not be trying to build CBR stockpiles. And there were unconfirmed reports at the time of mysterious shipments of materials into Syria. I guess what I'm saying is that I don't believe Mr. Sada yet, but wouldn't be surprised if it turned out to be true.
The Sun argues that confirmation of WMD shipments would shift the political debate in America, but I fear that it is much too late for that. The left has gotten plenty of mileage out of the "Bush lied" trope and attitudes have become so fixed on the matter that new evidence is unlikely to make much difference.