Dead Dictators Tell No Tales

Independent Online Edition > Robert Fisk:

We’ve shut him up. The moment Saddam’s hooded executioner pulled the lever of the trapdoor in Baghdad yesterday morning, Washington’s secrets were safe. […]

At the time, the Iranians claimed that this terrible cocktail [nerve gas and mustard gas] had been given to Saddam by the US. Washington denied this. But the Iranians were right. The lengthy negotiations which led to America’s complicity in this atrocity remain secret – Donald Rumsfeld was one of President Ronald Reagan’s point-men at this period – although Saddam undoubtedly knew every detail. But a largely unreported document, “United States Chemical and Biological Warfare-related Dual-use exports to Iraq and their possible impact on the Health Consequences of the Persian Gulf War”, stated that prior to 1985 and afterwards, US companies had sent government-approved shipments of biological agents to Iraq. These included Bacillus anthracis, which produces anthrax, andEscherichia coli (E. coli). That Senate report concluded that: “The United States provided the Government of Iraq with ‘dual use’ licensed materials which assisted in the development of Iraqi chemical, biological and missile-systems programs, including … chemical warfare agent production facility plant and technical drawings, chemical warfare filling equipment.”

2 thoughts on “Dead Dictators Tell No Tales”

  1. I’m uncertain that dealing in weapons of mass destruction has anything to do with Saddam’s un/just execution.

    Do you feel that the US is somehow protected by his execution.

  2. I don’t think the US is. It sounds though like it’s convenient to some parties in the US that he won’t be talking anymore.

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