Re: Chomsky (was: Christopher Hitchens' Column)

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Sun Oct 07 2001 - 20:44:25 MDT

Joe Dees wrote:

> The Al Shifa plant was majority owned by a Mr. Idris, who obtained such ownership a few months before the attack. He is a Wahhabi Muslim (the same kind, a small miority sect within Islam, that form the vast majority of the Al Quaeda network). There were three

Uh huh. Guilt by association.

> separate samples of soil tested; all registered positive for EMPTA, which not only is a precursor of the VX nerve agent, but one formed by only one manufacturing process, the same one terrorists (such as Aum Shinryu and Saddam Hussein) have traditionally employed, mainly because it was the one publicly available in the Web, but not used by either the US or Russia. The question arises as to why such

Incorrect. The chemical claimed is also used in insecticide and
pesticides. The plant also manufactured for the veternarian
market. Also, the evidence of this precursor was claimed but
never produced and no such evidence was found on-site after the
bombing. Where were these samples? They were never publicly
produced. The US squelched any international legal
investigation that would require their examination.

> agricultural pesticides would be found in the soil surrounding this plant, as it was not built in the middle of farmland. The fact that the Al Khifa plant produced pharmaceuticals does not preclude its also being used to produce VX. What the owner did was a slick and savvy move; he hired an American PR firm which propose!

Except that there was zero evidence of it being so used.

> d alternative explanations for the indisputably existing evidence, knowing that those who were ideologically predisposed to accept such assertions would do so, even in the absence of any proof for them whatsoever.

There was no "indisputably existing evidece". Sorry. As for
"ideological predisposition", the last thing I would like to do
is find that my country has often acted like an international
bully and has given reason for some of the hatred that exist
against us. But my preference to not believe that will not keep
me from looking to see what seems to be most true.

- samantha

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