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   1. Canadian PM knows where WMD are...Bush probably told him.. (k hanly)


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From: "k hanly" <>
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Subject: Canadian PM knows where WMD are...Bush probably told him..
Date: Tue, 11 May 2004 18:15:24 -0500

http://www.canoe.caTerrorists have Iraq's WMD: PM

Martin's views run counter to those of French, German leaders


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
it yet."

Martin disagreed with former Prime Minister Jean Chretien who publicly
blamed poverty for terrorism and the Sept. 11 attacks.

"The cause of terrorism is not poverty, it is hatred," Martin said, adding
he'll lead the charge to convince countries to work together to combat
terrorism and make sure the Third World has the tools to stamp it out.

Martin said he's lobbying the international community to set up an informal
organization comprised of a maximum of 20 heads of state to tackle world
issues such as terrorism.

Martin said he got the nod from U.S. President George W. Bush during his
visit to Washington D.C. last month, and will take his idea to the European
Union and Latin America next.

Martin also announced a $100-million contribution to treat millions of
people who have AIDS.

The money will be given to a new initiative of the World Health Organization
to treat three million people with AIDS by the end of 2005.

The contribution of new money has made Canada the largest donor to the
program so far.


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