How the Weapons Disappeared by George Bush

Written by Arthur Zulu

Fiction. That literary genre, supposed to be for dreamers, is growing fast. Not inrepparttar number of writers churning out fairy tales, but even among politicians—first citizens. Andrepparttar 126000 number one citizen ofrepparttar 126001 world for that matter—the President ofrepparttar 126002 United States!

Not that George Bush actually wrote an epic novel. But what he told Fox News recently, if crafted into a story, could make a best seller and go on to winrepparttar 126003 next Pulitzer. When asked why he invaded Iraq onrepparttar 126004 excuse thatrepparttar 126005 country possessed weapons of mass destruction when it actually had none,repparttar 126006 President gave three reasons as to howrepparttar 126007 weapons disappeared.

First reason. ‘It might have been destroyed duringrepparttar 126008 war.’

He meant thatrepparttar 126009 fighting army duringrepparttar 126010 war in Iraq destroyedrepparttar 126011 weapons of mass destruction. Perhaps those heavy military tanks shelling intorepparttar 126012 desert country destroyed it. Or those bombing military planes. In that case,repparttar 126013 weapons were not hidden underground whenrepparttar 126014 UN inspectors visited beforerepparttar 126015 war. Or they were bribed. The weapons were conspicuously displayed in buildings—withinrepparttar 126016 reach of everyone, even enemy army.

If this were so, we should hold these ‘liberators’ accountable for destroying this very bit of evidence. Not only did they destroyrepparttar 126017 weapons, they incinerated everything and scoopedrepparttar 126018 ashes intorepparttar 126019 River Tigres so that David Kay couldn’t find any evidence. I propose that an International Court be set up to try these servicemen and women for destroying weapons of mass destruction. Andrepparttar 126020 ‘members ofrepparttar 126021 coalition ofrepparttar 126022 willing’ should be re-named ‘members ofrepparttar 126023 coalition of destruction.’

But if you are so skeptical not to believe this, there is another story.

Second reason. ‘They might have been destroyed by Saddam.’

My God! there is nothing that this Saddam can not do. Even inrepparttar 126024 midst ofrepparttar 126025 war, he managed to destroy his dangerous weapons. But did he not need it to fightrepparttar 126026 ‘infidels’? Why should a good soldier destroy his weapons inrepparttar 126027 center of battle?

And this raises another question. What happens when nuclear weapons are exploded? Or was it that Saddam carried out a controlled, secretive, clever destruction of those weapons? This Saddam Hussein must be a genius of a kind—out of this world!

The Tragedy of Cyprus -rescue by US marines of FBIS staff in a military coup

Written by A. Djev. Basharan


~by A. Djev. Basharan (1974) -author & formerly ofrepparttar FBIS A memory ofrepparttar 125999 day of a military coup

I had gone through this before. But it was not accompanied by bombs, shells, and bombardment, andrepparttar 126000 war was not waged right on top of us or around us.

The coup which ousted President Makarios took place on a Monday morning. Shells dropped on CYTA which is only 100 yards from my house in Nicosia, fell in dozens into our street. I knew then thatrepparttar 126001 island was in for endless trouble. I could not bear to hear Greek Cypriots call their president a traitor, a tyrant. This was unbelievable.

Inrepparttar 126002 afternoon ofrepparttar 126003 same day when a curfew was imposed throughoutrepparttar 126004 island, Chief editor Henne and another American picked me up from Nicosia and took me to FBIS where I stayed on duty untilrepparttar 126005 hours of evacuation.

It was obvious to me that whatrepparttar 126006 Greek officers from Greece tried to do was to bring about an unproclaimed Enosis. In fact, all courting trouble, and trouble it was.

Ankara had pretended to be seeking powers fromrepparttar 126007 Grand National Assembly to send troops to foreign countries, thoughrepparttar 126008 Government had already been vested with such powers earlier. This move fooled many people.

On Friday evening, asked whether he expected any sad development, Prime Minister Ecevit cheerfully answered inrepparttar 126009 negative. And yet early next morning Turkish planes started coming in rapid succession. Most of us had spentrepparttar 126010 night atrepparttar 126011 station as a precautionary measure. It was 05.15 inrepparttar 126012 morning on Saturday 20 July when we all rushed intorepparttar 126013 corridor in utter amazement. Some of us looked more horrified than others.

On Sunday night shells fromrepparttar 126014 warships and bombs and strafing fromrepparttar 126015 planes came down thick and fast. Some exploded withinrepparttar 126016 precincts of FBIS, damaging doors and shattering windows. Some explosions were simply as much deafening as they were horrifying. At times, death was not aroundrepparttar 126017 door. It was inches away.

Our bureau Chief Mr. Tom Weiss, exhausted as he was, kept praying not only for himself but for all of us. I will never forget that tried but determined figure continuing to operate in various capacities underrepparttar 126018 most trying circumstances. His wife, a formidable lady I thought, was always by his side.

Onrepparttar 126019 last day, our Bureau Chief looked like a ghost of himself, and yet he was bombarded with all sorts of questions to which he tried to provide answers. I do not recollect having seen him in a bad mood. I don’t recollect having heard him give vexed answers to any ofrepparttar 126020 many relevant as well as irrelevant questions.

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