Silly me, thinking that sarin gas would count as a weapon. Of course not! Nothing short of a blazing nuclear reactor would suffice, I assume.
I guess it doesn't matter that Saddam declared that he didn't have any sarin - and he declared this before the first Gulf War.
This was a 155mm shell.
...a conventional 155-mm shell could hold as much as "two-to-five" liters of sarin, which is capable of killing thousands of people under the right conditions in highly populated areas.
But get on with your spin, everyone. Cross sarin off of the list of WMDs just to suit your cause.
Fact remains, this is something the old regime swore up and down they didn't have. Look for more of this. Most of us have been saying all along that Saddam stored his weapons underground, not in obvious warehouses.
Keep moving those goalposts, guys. It's expected. Predictable. And sad.
Update: Someone in the comments at Command Post
makes a good point:
bq. The problem is that now the insurgents know they have chemical weapons, and you can bet that they will be checking through their stockpiles. I’m not surprised Army is downplaying this - the potential for harm is huge, even more from the psychological than the physical effects - imagine 2000 dead from a sarin release in a marketplace.
Exactly. Do you really think this the only instance of sarin to be found? And for those who are downplaying this by saying it's "only" sarin:
Sarin is a human-made chemical warfare agent classified as a nerve agent. Nerve agents are the most toxic and rapidly acting of the known chemical warfare agents.
Laurence's comment here is worth repeating in the post:
I challenge anyone who claims this was not a WMD to rent a movie theater, gather up their family and friends and neighbors and everyone who means anything to them, ask everyone to take a seat, and set the thing off in the middle of the room.
(Make the movie Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 911, just for S&G.)
Anyone who makes it out alive from that theater is more than welcome to bitch that it isn't a chemical WMD. You'll be able to count those survivors on the fingers of the missing hands of prisoners Saddam had amputated and mutilated for writing against his regime.
Well, let's see what some of the left bloggers have to say about this event.
Whoops. Nevermind. Guess they haven't heard about it yet. Or they are just ignoring it.