04 February 2008

Why we didn't find Iraq's WMDs

We simply focused too much on the "mass" element and not enough on the "weapons" or "destruction" components. In support of this theses I give you this story about a Pennsylvania man who faces charges of possession of a "weapon of mass destruction" after he exploded a plastic egg at a flea market. I am not apologising for or justifying his actions which, if proved, are indeed terrible. Nonetheless the WMD possession charge, in addition to the "risking a catastrophe" charge (this is a crime?), would seem to be completely over the top. Curiously he is not referred to as a "terrorist" so my guess is that he is Christian and/or white.

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