Marsha Paxson writes in the Lake Sun (MO) Leader that 19 soldiers in Iraq have gotten the same strange illness, and two of them have died. When bioweapons were used against U.S. troops in the 1991 Gulf War, the symptoms were first blamed on a mystery disease, and this may be happening again.

U.S. Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. James Peake has ordered medical experts to retrace the sick soldiers’ steps from the time they first set foot in the Middle East. Senatir Ike Skelton, ranking Democrat of the House Armed Services Committee, says, “They are investigating everything it could possibly be. I’m confident that with medical science and the technological advances we’ve made, we will get some positive answers.” The surgeon general has ruled out SARS.

It would be tragic if the proof that Saddam has weapons of mass destruction turns out to be the deaths of U.S. soldiers.

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