This story isn't getting much play so I thought I would post it here:
A substance removed from the United Nations office last week is not a toxic chemical agent, police and a U.N. official told CNN on Thursday.
Tests at a military facility in Maryland identified the substance as a nontoxic commercial solvent, said Paul J. Brown, deputy commissioner of the New York City Police Department.
In late August, U.N. archivists unexpectedly turned up samples of material from an Iraqi chemical weapons plant in 1996.
Accompanying paperwork identified the substance as phosgene, a choking agent used in World War I.
Of course, the right-wing idiotosphere and talk show circuit could not wait to pounce on this story to spew their hateful bile and venom at the United Nations for doing such a stupid thing.
Now, it turns out that it was the right-wing bloggers who were the idiots for so quickly jumping on a story that clearly wasn't complete. How many times have we seen mysterious substances that were first thought to be some sort of deadly chemical turn out to be perfectly harmless? You would think that some people would have learned by now.
What people am I referring to? Well, I don't want to name names. Most blogs have a search function however, so all you have to do is search on "phosgene" to see who I'm talking about. Let's see if they have the courage to admit they were wrong publicly rather than just ignore the facts as we now know them. Are these bloggers intellectually honest, or are they just extremists who are salivating at any opportunity to denigrate the United Nations.
We report. You decide.
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