U.S. ASSESSES THAT NEXT M.E. WAR WILL CONTAIN WMD
- U.S. ASSESSES THAT NEXT M.E. WAR WILL CONTAIN WMD
WASHINGTON [MENL] -- The United States has assessed that the next Middle East war will include the
use of ballistic missiles with nonconventional warheads.
U.S. officials said this scenario has been drafted by experts in several defense agencies. They said
such countries as Iraq, Iran and Syria might launch chemical and biological weapons attacks in any
confrontation with Israel.
The assessment has been presented to President George Bush. The White House was told that the Middle
East was sliding into a state of war in which all measures could be employed.
"One reason -- among many -- that we cannot walk away from the Middle East conflict is that another
war there could involve weapons of mass destruction," Sen. Joseph Biden, chairman of the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee, told a conference at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on
Officials said the scenarios of a future Middle East war have been discussed with both Egypt and
Israel. They said both countries agree on likelihood that WMD could be used.
Israeli military planners have assessed that Iraq would be the key to any Arab use of WMD. The
Israeli military has prepared plans for Iraqi intervention in any conflict between Syria and the
"We presume that this sort of situation will lead to Iraqi involvement and an intensification of
Syrian participation in events," a senior Israeli officer told the Israeli military Bamahane weekly.
"We are proposing a number of steps that would give an answer according to developments."