The guys that used a sarin-loaded chemical shell to build a roadside bomb probably had no idea what they were doing. If they DID know what it was they had, and they DID mean to cause some damage, they wouldn’t have used it to try and blow up a truck. They would tried to nerve gas a barracks or a market or something.
Whoever built the bomb probably just got the shell from someone who got it from someone who got it from someone who stole it from someone at some point in the past fifteen years. More than likely it came from one of the 7.2 gajillion square miles of barely-secured munitions dumps scattered throughout the deserts, hills, and kindergarten classrooms of Iraq. Or they found it in a mosque somewhere.
In any event, this IED and the just-disclosed find of some spoiled mustard gas a couple of weeks ago doesn’t really warrant the headline SARIN, MUSTARD GAS FOUND IN IRAQ in bold letters across the top of FoxNews.com’s front page (story here). On the other hand, it probably warrants more than the total lack of notation on CNN.com. For once, MSNBC seems to have it about right: The story is linked from the headline box, but given billing behind the killing of the head of the Iraqi Governing Council and the prison abuse scandal. (As a side note, Nick Berg isn’t mentioned on MSNBC’s front page, but at least we learn that transsexuals have the green light for the Olympics.)
If we learn where this sarin shell came from, and find more like it, then we’ve got a story. Until then, this isn’t really much to get excited about. Bush supporters and those who support the invasion of Iraq (like me) would do well to remain calm about this story at this time.