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Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on May 1, 2010

Nearly 16 years after the war ended, in a weekly press briefing on July 2004, Abdolah Ramezanzadeh,the government spokesman for ex-president Khatami, stated that there were still 240,000 victims of Saddam’s chemical attacks living in Iran.

After Saddam’s 1988 attacks on Halabja, which killed around 5,000 Kurdish civilians in northen Iraq, US official initially blamed Iran for the atrocity. Then suddenly in 2003, the british and US governments repeately cited Iraq’s use of chemical weapons during the Iran-Iraq war as a major justification for invading Iraq.

Kenneth Pollack, an ex-member of US national security council and at one time a principle working-level official responsible for implementing US policy to Iraq, has set out in detail what happened: ‘Washington began passing high-value military intelligent to Iraq to help it flight the war, including information satellites that helped fix key flaws in the fotifications protecting al-basrah that prove important in Iran’s defeat.’ He added that, ‘By 1982, Iraq accounted for 40 percent of french arm exports,’ while paris sold Baghdad a wide range of weapons,including armoured vehicles, air defence radars, surface-to-air misslies, Migrate fighters and Extocet anti-ship missiles,’ Pollack additionally points out that ‘German firms also rushed in without much compution, not only selling Iraq large numbers of truckes and automobiles but also building vast complexes for Iraq’s chemical warfare, biological warfare and ballistic missile programmes.’

The west sponsered Saddam’s despite clear evidence as early as 1983 that Iraq was using chemical weapons on Iranian forces.

Tony Blair, the former British prime minister, has told an inquiry into the 2003 Iraq war that he has “no regrets” about removing Saddam Hussein from power.

He told the inquiry if Saddam had not been removed “today we would have a situation where Iraq was competing with Iran” both in terms of nuclear capability and “in respect of support of terrorist groups”.

“The decision I took – and frankly would take again – was if there was any possibility that he could develop weapons of mass destruction we should stop him.”

It makes me laugh and cry at the same time when people say that Saddam didn’t have weapons of mass destruction before U.S. invasion and call it false report.


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  1. janalmundo said, on May 1, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    it was very bad times for kurds and the world just ignored…

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