How safe do we feel now?
I was sure feeling much safer when I knew UN inspectors and the IAEA were in charge of keeping this sanctioned uranium depository secure. Seals were in place for a reason, and knowing that 19-20 year old marines, under battle stress, with limited understanding of implications and limited experience, broke those seals, after the site had been unguarded for days, in a climate of looting and mayhem, somehow gives me less pause for comfort.
Experts say U.S. 'discovery' of nuclear materials in Iraq was breach of U.N.-monitored site
Nuclear Site Stood Unguarded for Days
Iraqi nuclear site lay at the mercy of looters
"Tonnes of uranium left unguarded in Iraq"
Iraqi nuclear site secured
I find this incompetent, irresponsible behaviour on the part of an invading country who is invading on the pretense of finding and securing WMD.
A priority to secure the oil wells was established before the war, yet after reading the accounts in the preceeding articles, it appears the marines on the ground had very limited knowledge of this site although it was clearly on record as housing uranium.
I have to ask, in a very cynical tone, as a concerned inhabitant of this earth, "Was this site left unguarded for days intentionally in the hopes that in the confusion it would be looted and the uranium would enter the terrorist market, thereby providing further pretense for action, or is this simply lack of responsibility, understanding and twisted priorities?"
posted by Cyndy