|Tue, May 11, 2004
Terrorists have Iraq's WMD: PM
Martin's views run counter to those of French, German leaders
By STEPHANIE RUBEC, Ottawa Bureau
Prime Minister Paul Martin says he believes Saddam Hussein had weapons of
mass destruction and they've fallen into the hands of terrorists. Martin
said the threat of terrorism is even greater now than it was following the
Sept. 11, 2001, attacks against the U.S. because terrorists have acquired
nuclear, chemical and biological weapons from the toppled Iraqi leader.
"The fact is that there is now, we know well, a proliferation of nuclear
weapons, and that many weapons that Saddam Hussein had, we don't know where
they are," Martin told a crowd of about 700 university researchers and
business leaders in Montreal.
"That means terrorists have access to all of that."
The PM's comments run counter to leaders in countries such as France and
Germany who have accused the U.S. and Britain of fudging evidence of WMDs in
Iraq to justify the war.
When asked to assess the threat level since Hussein was captured by U.S.
troops, Martin said he believes it has increased.
"I believe that terrorism will be, for our generation, what the Cold War was
to generations that preceded us," the PM said. "I don't think we're out of