Why isn’t this story getting more coverage?
Two members of an al-Qaida cell connected to top terror master Abu Musab al-Zarqawi have been caught in Jordan with chemical weapons and poisonous gas for a planned attack that Jordanian officials say would have killed up to 20,000 people.
The officials told the London-based newspaper al-Hayat on Friday that the al-Qaida plotters planned to launch a WMD attack against a Jordanian Military Intelligence installation, the U.S. Embassy in Amman and a government building in the country.
“It was a major, major operation,” said King Abdullah. “It would have decapitated the government.”
Abdullah says the chemical weapons came from Syria — which, of course, is one place where it has been speculated that Iraq’s alleged WMD might have ended up.
An enormously significant story, if true. I’m really quite confused as to why it isn’t getting more play. (I found out about it from Fark, for heaven’s sake.) Part of the story broke last Saturday, and more details emerged on Wednesday, but apparently the chemical-weapons aspect is a new development within the past 24 hours. Yet few mainstream media outlets are treating it as breaking news; indeed, most are not reporting it at all. And even the original story, chemical wepaons or no, seems to have been rather underplayed. I’m baffled.
Heh. But of course, this sort of thing can cut both ways:
(Yes, the above is an original BrendanLoy.com creation. And yes, I wish I knew how to smooth out the edges using my photo-editing software. Oh, well. You get the idea. :)
The Opportunity rover’s analysis of a cool rock on Mars, nicknamed “Bounce,” has produced solid evidence that a number of meteorites here on Earth came from Mars — ejected into space as a result of a large impact on the Red Planet long ago. Scientists believe this sort of exchange between the planets may have been fairly common:
The first organisms on Earth originated around 3.5 billion years ago and maybe earlier. Back then, impacts from asteroids and comets still were common. It is conceivable that material ejected from Earth by those impacts could have landed on Mars carrying some of those organisms — or their raw ingredients. The converse also is possible — early organisms from Mars could have landed on Earth.
The discovery of Bounce raises the distinct possibility that life arising from a common source could have existed for a time on both worlds.
X-Files fans, are you paying attention?