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Whispers in the desert

It is conventional wisdom that there were no WMD in Iraq. Yet there remains a dissenting minority who don't accept this. Their views may be easily dismissed, but cynicism about Iraq's WMD should not feed complacency about the continuing threats from the region

By Tom Chatfield   April 2008

Discuss this article on First Drafts, Prospect’s blog Five years after the invasion of Iraq, what do we know about those weapons of mass destruction whose shadowy existence played such a large role in the justification for war and such a controversial role in its aftermath? It is a story that remains significant largely because the reconstruction of Iraq has been so much bloodier, more chaotic and politically damaging—both in the middle east and the west—than was dreamt of in 2003. “There were no WMDs” seems likely to be the enduring epitaph of both a two-term president and a three-term…

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