Those Dated WMD Shells Are Still Deadly… From World War I

This news is dedicated to the “old-worn out-non-toxic-degraded” whiners on the Left who still can’t quite accept that the over 500 WMD shells discovered in Iraq since Operation Iraqi Freedom began three years ago would qualify as a “WMD stockpile.”

And, despite the fact that these WMD may not have a “born on” manufactured date from January 2003 and despite what Rep. Jane Harman says about her kitchen sink, the WMD shells are still very deadly!

Tammy Bruce has the “Official MSM Panty Twist Over WMD.”

Fausta has an extended list of more WMD discoveries in Iraq.

These pictures of still toxic WMD ammunition shells are not Saddam’s…

These World War I shells “may be 90-years-old and look harmless but the chemical agents can be as deadly as the day they were first made.” (BBC)

Oh, how the Anti-American naysayers who wish for a weakened America will hate to hear this news from the BBC earlier this year:

Our story starts 90 years ago. The Great War claimed over 15 million lives and focused on a narrow strip of land in Belgium and France.

This intense trench warfare led to constant shelling by both sides, but not every bomb fired exploded. Hundreds of thousands failed to detonate.

Today the remains of the Belgian front line can still be seen – some trenches are still visible, and visitors can walk past the barbed wire and inspect the rusting military hardware left behind.

And it is those shells that are now resurfacing and presenting a new threat.

* Every year more than 30 people are killed on the battlefields of Europe after disturbing or picking up unexploded bombs and shells.

* It’s estimated that three Titanics worth of unexploded bombs still litter the fields of France and Belgium, left over from World War 1.

* Some of these shells contain deadly Mustard Gas and Phosgene. Chemical shells left over from World War 1 that are still as deadly as the day they were fired.

* The Belgian Bomb Disposal Team brings back two lorry loads of unexploded bombs every day for safe destruction.

* Inside the high security chemical warfare lab, bomb teams work four hour shifts inside special chemical suits as they take the gas shells apart and destroy the chemicals.

Then there is this story from right here in America, again decribing still very deadly WW I WMD munitions (via Free Republic)

Chemical weapons: Buried in the backyard

During World War I, much of what later became the Spring Valley neighborhood was devoted to the development and testing of chemical weapons, a fact that was largely forgotten during its subsequent residential development.

But the past came back to haunt Spring Valley on January 5, 1993, when a backhoe digging a sewer line in front of a recently constructed house in a luxury development uncovered a cache of rusting munitions, including four unexploded mortar rounds and three 75-millimeter artillery shells. [1] Within hours, army bomb-removal specialists wearing gas masks arrived by helicopter from Aberdeen Proving Group in Maryland. They determined that the mortar rounds still had fuses in them–that they were “live” and extremely dangerous. Some of the munitions were also believed to contain mustard agent, an oily liquid that causes painful and debilitating burns and blisters on the skin and can inflict fatal lung damage if inhaled.

And, of course if you would prefer more recent WMD’s, there is a recently translated document from Iraq that describes transferring chemical weapons from one ammunition depot in Najaf to other ammunition depots near Baghdad dated March 16, 2003 as posted on Free Republic.

Rep. Jane Harman, you may want to call the chemical experts.

Big Hat Tip to Tom Kubiak for this information!

Update: For those diehard democrats who still find it hard to accept that WMD has been found in quantity, Strategy Page today lists why the WMD discoveries were kept secret.

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