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WMD Vials Found At United Nations?

Just when you thought you wouldn’t be surprised by anything anymore…..

Nerve Gas Found at UN Building – ABC News (h/t – Instapundit)

ABCNews has learned that United Nations weapons inspectors discovered six to eight vials of a dangerous nerve gas, phosgene, as they were cleaning out offices at a U.N. building in New York Thursday morning.

Federal authorities said the office, in a U.N. building near headquarters, was being evacuated and the White House had been notified at 10 a.m.

New York police and fire officials said federal authorities had not notified them of any problem at the U.N. building, as of 11 a.m.

A U.N. spokesperson said a statement would be issued shortly.

Authorities said the phosgene was believed to have been discovered in Iraq and manufactured prior to 1991.

Say what??!!??

And then again, it could just be a sloppy mistake of monumental proportions….

Former U.N. weapons inspectors told that vials of phosgene had also been used by inspectors in Iraq to help calibrate air sampling instruments.

The former inspectors said the remaining vials were supposed to have been destroyed.

“If it is properly sealed, it should not pose much of a threat unless it is dropped,” said former New York City emergency services director Jerry Hauer, an ABC News consultant.

“They need to get it out of there and put it in a safe canister,” Hauer said. “It shows immense stupidity to have that kind of thing sitting around as a souvenir.”

According to the Web site of the Centers for Disease Control, phosgene at room temperature is a poisonous, colorless gas with a suffocating odor like newly mown hay.

If UN weapons inspectors can’t keep track of their own deadly chemicals, how can we trust them to find ones being hidden by rogue regimes?

Ah, but things might not be as simple as a dumb weapons’ inspector with a love for phosgene….

Here’s this addition…

According to an article in Foreign Affairs, the chemical was allegedly used by Iran in the Iran-Iraq war in 1987.

So there is one easy question to answer before we get into the more difficult ones:   Whose UN office were the vials found in?

UPDATE!  We have an answer to my question, folks!

The Iraqi weapons inspectors came across the material as they were closing their offices, which are housed in a building near the U.N. headquarters in Manhattan, said Ewen Buchanan, a spokesman for the inspectors.

I really do hope (and expect) that complete incompetence by UN bureaucrats is the explanation.   I also really do hope we actually get an explanation.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)



  1. WMD Phosgene from Iraq Found at United Nations…

    U.N. weapons inspectors who had been in Iraq discovered potentially dangerous chemical substances in their office near U.N. headquarters. One item may contain “phosgene, an old generation chemical warfare agent.” Fox headline: Vials of Dangerous Chem…

    Trackback by Right Truth — August 30, 2007 @ 2:05 pm - August 30, 2007

  2. Ha.

    In order to trust the UN weapons inspectors, you have to trust the UN.

    It’s very hard to trust the UN when the persons who have direct control over what the inspectors are doing, aka Kofi Annan and his minions, are on Saddam Hussein’s payroll lists.

    It’s even harder to trust the members of the UN when their government bureaucrats, banks, and nationalized industries stand to lose an immense amount of money in contracts and past-due bills for military equipment from Saddam Hussein’s removal, as did Russia, China, and France.

    In short, there was ample reason to make sure that any weapons Saddam had were overlooked and made to vanish as quickly as they possibly could be.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — August 30, 2007 @ 2:14 pm - August 30, 2007

  3. FWIW, phosgene is not a nerve gas. (I point this out only to show how the MSM gets facts wrong all the time.) Phosgene is carbon atom attached to an oxygen atom and two chlorine atoms. When a water molecule is added to it, it becomes HCl (hydrochloric acid). It’s highly toxic but is not a nerve agent.

    Comment by cme — August 30, 2007 @ 2:18 pm - August 30, 2007

  4. Now we know where the WMDs went…

    They were at the UN. Kind of makes you wonder about the UN inspectors. They couldn’t keep track of WMDs at their office, so how are they going to tell what is what in Iraq Dangerous Iraq chemicals found stored…

    Trackback by Stix Blog — August 30, 2007 @ 2:36 pm - August 30, 2007

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    Pingback by Politics: 2008 HQ » Blog Archive » WMD Vials Found At United Nations? — August 30, 2007 @ 3:30 pm - August 30, 2007

  6. So THAT is where the WMDs were hidden!!

    Now let’s see how long it takes for the Dhimmicrats and their willing allies in the MSM try to spin this as Bush’s fault.

    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — August 30, 2007 @ 3:31 pm - August 30, 2007

  7. If UN weapons inspectors can’t keep track of their own deadly chemicals, how can we trust them to find ones being hidden by rogue regimes?

    Especially if the inspectors are tipping off the government of said rogue regime.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — August 30, 2007 @ 7:50 pm - August 30, 2007

  8. No wonder the “stockpiles of WMDs” weren’t found in Iraq…

    They were right here all along! (Rats… If only we’d known this beforehand, we could’ve avoided this whole war!!)

    Comment by Aakash — September 1, 2007 @ 4:30 am - September 1, 2007

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