The Powell speech to the UN. Such a big media event. Photos, Terrorist Family Trees, Audio, and a Test Tube, yup, all signs that the American government has it all figured out. While those nee sayers are just “old Europe” as Rumsfeld says, they’re just weak. Surely the world was convinced after seeing satellite pictures with yellow and red circles that would make John Madden recount his days of circling up the Giants penalty in the crucial moments of the game. And who can refute phonecalls that have arabic speaking individuals saying things like “Have you moved the things and cleaned out the area” clearly this is a conversation about weapons of mass destruction, when else are such words used??? Who didn’t shed a tear when Powell introduced this little vial in his hand, of how much Anthrax closed down the American congress that ordinarily sit around voting on its next pay raise? (remember they don’t have any connection of Iraq to the anthrax in he US, but hey, who needs proof right? this is justice)
As clear as it all may seem, there are just a few points that hold… well… NO TRUTH AT ALL. Let’s go to the transcript:
First, the audio tape, a truely vague and random piece of “evidence”… here are some highlights:
“You didn’t get a modified. You don’t have one of those, do you?”
“I’ll come to see you in the morning. I’m worried. You all have something left.”
“We evacuated everything. We don’t have anything left.”
At this point Powell, trying to be Colombo like, says “Note what they’ve said – evacuating”
So.. how many Arabic conversations sound like this? Several million a day perhaps? No – surely its about weapons of mass destruction. Furthermore Iraqi nationals have testified that the accented Arabic is clearly an exaggeration and not real Iraqi arabic. But surely, it’s from Powell so it has to be true according to CNN and MSNBC – never have either of those “News” channels indicated the information might be false.
Next on Powell’s “proof” list: Let me say a word about satellite images before I show a couple. The photos that I am about to show you are sometimes hard for the average person to interpret, hard for me. The painstaking work of photo analysis takes experts with years and years of experience, pouring for hours and hours over light tables. But as I show you these images, I will try to capture and explain what they mean, what they indicate to our imagery specialists.
How convenient, the average person can’t understand! Well, then we’ll just have to believe that these buildings that all look the same and could be a house, a pig farm, or a weapons factory, they must be what Powell says they are. Look at the photos! The only difference between them are Powell’s red and yellow circles!
Let’s not forget his use of sources: Ladies and gentlemen, these are not assertions. These are facts, corroborated by many sources, some of them sources of the intelligence services of other countries. …Clearly he has shown us his sources!
Then comes the training camps: Those helping to run this camp are Zarqawi lieutenants operating in northern Kurdish areas outside Saddam Hussein’s controlled Iraq. But Baghdad has an agent in the most senior levels of the radical organization, Ansar al-Islam, that controls this corner of Iraq.
later he says Zarqawi’s activities are not confined to this small corner of north east Iraq. He traveled to Baghdad in May 2002 for medical treatment, staying in the capital of Iraq for two months while he recuperated to fight another day.
First, why would he go to Iraq for medical attention? There is no real medical attention! Embargo.. remember!? Also, the Kurdistan (region) government representatives came forward in the NYTimes today stating, as much as they dislike Saddam, there are no such camps in northern IRAQ! Furthermore, this link to Osama Bin Laden… if Osama is a fundamentalist, then he does not like christians and he does not like alcohol. He is outspokenly against those things. Why on earth would he collaborate with Saddam Hussein, who is publicly known to adore Whiskey and has had national Beer Breweries all over Iraq. Beyond that… his number one government representative, Terik Aziz… is a CHRISTIAN! Yes! And thats not new news, its not a secret, he’s a christian and he’s the foreign minister, why would Osama Bin Laden work with Christians? Then he may as well work with the American government. OH wait… he doesn’t… anymore.
It goes on and on… the point is.. Powell’s speech could only convince someone with the desire to believe him and with no desire for knowing the truth. In fact this government has no case, and Powell is lucky to not have appeared before a court, because his case would have been thrown out for lack of evidence.