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"Chemical Weapons" at UN Turn out to be Cleaning Solvent

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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Comments (8)

Lee Ward:

"They Lie, We Report, You Decide!"

I like it!

michael:

Larkin, "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"

That's always the way it is, passing around crap w/ hattips to multitudes of kook bloggers & retrumpeting their crap incessantly until it becomes "fact" to them. Lorie & Kim over at Wizcrap main are masters of this Incestuous Amplification.

Radagar:

Just how stupid are you? the paperwork identified it as phosgene? in other words, everyone handling it, including the people that put it there, thought it was phosgene and kept it there. but it's wrong to go after the idiotic child-raping UN because even though they THOUGHT they were keeping phosgene around the office, it turns out it wasn't.

man, how much stupider can you get? is there some sort of award you're going for? 'oh those stupid right wingers that attacked the UN for keeping what was blatantly labeled phosgene around that wasn't even phosgene after all'. do you even bother to think before you type?

Lee Ward:

Oh boy! A new troll! Can I slap him around, huh? Can I?

Look, IDIOT. The fact that the UN got it wrong has nothing to do with Larkin's commentary, which centers on the fact that (a) the right-wing bloggers drooled all over themselves to use this to attack the UN, and (b) the right-wing blogosphere is too damned dishonest to admit they were wrong.

Take your pathetic troll-ass back to Wizbang, where idiots like you are revered... putz!

Lee Ward:

no problemo, Larkin.

By the way, this putz troll flat out lied as well.

"oh those stupid right wingers that attacked the UN for keeping what was blatantly labeled phosgene"

No, that is factually incorrect you moron. Not that the facts matter when the right-wing smear machine is cranking...

The material -- identified in inventory files as phosgene, a chemical substance used in World War I weapons -- was discovered Aug. 24. It was only identified on Wednesday because it was marked simply with an inventory number, and officials had to check the many records in their vast archives, said Ewen Buchanan, a spokesman for the U.N. inspection agency.

And the vast archives were wrong -- big surprise there, but was it "blatantly labeled as phosgene?" as our troll claims? Nope.

Where does the right find these clowns? are they hatched under rocks?

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.

Uh, yeah. You do realize that this means the UN was so incompetent that it labeled a nontoxic solvent as a chemical used in warfare, right?

We only "pounced" on the official story that the UN originally gave, that it was phosgene.

Lee Ward:

"Uh, yeah. You do realize that this means the UN was so incompetent that it labeled a nontoxic solvent as a chemical used in warfare, right?"

Again with the labeling lie - they don't give up.

Nothing was "labeled". If they found phosgene anywhere in the vicinity of these items on the archived inventory sheets they did the right thing by playing it safe.

What is it, Larkin? Are the knuckledraggers doing too much in-breeding?

Lee Ward:

Oh I see what's happening. Jay Tea is filling these right -wing sheep-heads with lies...

Now, what would be the reasonable, sensible, logical action to take? Let's start by going over some indisutable facts.

* The substance was marked "phosgene."

I think he meant "indisputable" instead of "indisutable" -- but regardless -- as the link I placed above shows, that's a lie.

Jay, in his post, refused to correct on the first point Larkin made -- we'll see if he's equally intractable on this second gross factual error.

The funniest part is Jay labeled his post "More Proof Of The UN's Ineptitude" - lol!


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