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Extra resources for Guardians of Power: The Myth of the Liberal Media
Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) discounts the possibility that any Iraqi anthrax produced prior to 1991 could have been effectively weaponised: Anthrax spores are extremely hardy and can achieve 65% to 80% lethality against untreated patients for years. Fortunately, Iraq does not seem to have produced dry, storable agents and only seems to have deployed wet Anthrax agents, which have a relatively limited life. uk/iraqweaponsb. html>) Readers will recall that Colin Powell held up a vial of dry powder anthrax in his presentation to the United Nations, referring to the anthrax attacks on the United States.
Writing in the Guardian, Timothy Garton Ash observed: ‘America has never been the Great Satan. It has sometimes been the Great Gatsby: “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy – they smashed Edwards 01 chap01 24 27/10/05 16:09:23 Iraq – The Sanctions of Mass Destruction 25 up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness … ”’ (‘America on probation’, Guardian, April 17, 2003). Tom and Daisy – Donald Rumsfeld and the US Army – have indeed smashed up things and creatures in Iraq, in this case human creatures, albeit brown-skinned ones.
DE: Well, I know he’s very keen. He’s forever speaking all over the place. He’s travelled to Iraq and so on ... GE: There’s no particular ... there’s no sort of injunction against him; we just haven’t had him on as far as I’m aware. DE: The other claim is ... GE: David, can I ask a question of you at this stage? DE: Yes. GE: What’s the thesis? DE: What, sorry, on why you haven’t ... GE: No, I mean all these questions tend in a particular direction. Do you think that Newsnight is acting as a pro-government organisation?
Guardians of Power: The Myth of the Liberal Media by David Edwards, David Cromwell