Today, a Wall Street Journal editorial asks why a story that I provided links to (here and here) in a post last week, has yet to be seriously investigated or even prominently reported by most major news outlets.
Jordanian authorities say that the death toll from a bomb and poison-gas attack they foiled this month could have reached 80,000. We guess the fact that most major media are barely covering this story means WMD isn’t news anymore until there’s a body count.
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi–the man cited by the Bush Administration as its strongest evidence of prewar links between al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein, and the current ringleader of anti-coalition terrorism in Iraq–may be behind the plot, which would be al Qaeda’s first ever attempt to use chemical weapons. The targets included the U.S. Embassy in Amman. Yet as of yesterday, most news organizations hadn’t probed the story, if at all, beyond the initial wire-service copy.
Perhaps the problem here is that covering this story might mean acknowledging that Tony Blair and George W. Bush have been exactly right to warn of the confluence of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction…
The provenance of the operation is also of note. The bomb trucks and funds are said to have entered Jordan via Syria. Last fall General James R. Clapper Jr., director of satellite intelligence for the Pentagon, said there had been an unusual amount of traffic–including possibly WMDs–between Iraq and Syria in the lead-up to war.
This post provides links to another story about Iraq WMD you won’t see getting widespread media attention this week.
Do these stories not deserve at least as much attention as the final episode of Friends?