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The U.S. knew Hussein was launching some of the worst chemical attacks in history -- and still gave him a hand.

 

BY SHANE HARRIS AND MATTHEW M. AID | AUGUST 26, 2013

 

The U.S. government may be considering military action in response to chemical strikes near Damascus. But a generation ago, America's military and intelligence communities knew about and did nothing to stop a series of nerve gas attacks far more devastating than anything Syria has seen,Foreign Polic ...

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SoosanKhanoom

akaDarya With life as short as a half-taken breath, don't plant anything but love. - Rumi

What a great and timely article .

Excellent !

MohammadAla

Mohammad Ala Mohammad Ala is an Iranian Professor of Operations Management who has taught at various universities worldwide. He is passionate about Iran's heritage and has spent many years to preserve it. He has produced three films in Iran and one of them (Immortality) won an International Film Award (Grand Prix) in Italy in June 2013.

Excellent post. Thank you.

MM2805

MM

I have been watching the news on Syria thinking "where was the outrage back in the 80's".
Besides the thousands killed, there were estimated 100,000 Iranian soldiers who were exposed to the chemical weapons and required extended care, even now.

Nene

Nene An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast. a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind. Buddha

Why didn't America intervene to stop Saddam when he was gassing thousands of Iranians everyday?

Shirzadegan

Siavash

Because the hezbollahs students who were following Imam Khomaini's line took American hostages for 444 days and also they were chanting "death to america" on daily basis. If they were friendly toward America, surely America would have intervene.
That is very simple. I am surprised the commentator is asking this simple question.

MM2805

MM

The Arabs, the Europeans and the Americans did not want to see Khomeini's IRI implemented in Iraq; Reagan's note on one of the reports that talked about the Iranian advances said: Iranian victory is unacceptable.
So the old cliche' "do as I say, not as I do" is repeated here. It is sickening that the reason Saddam bought the equipment to make the CW from the Europeans, and not from the Russians (as explained in the embedded documents) was because he got them cheaper from the Europeans.

Bavafa

Bavafa   'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory  Mehrdad

Where is the international criminal court of justice when you need it?

It is being run and manage by the very same criminals.

Mehrdad

MohammadAla

Mohammad Ala Mohammad Ala is an Iranian Professor of Operations Management who has taught at various universities worldwide. He is passionate about Iran's heritage and has spent many years to preserve it. He has produced three films in Iran and one of them (Immortality) won an International Film Award (Grand Prix) in Italy in June 2013.

When Iraq attacked Iran, Iranians were punished for whatever reason(s) by All Sides.

There are several OTHER reports that reveal the military aspects of Saddam’s chemical weapons and the Western countries complicity.

NOW there are acknowledgments. I fear that the news of "chemical attacks in Syria" are fake and a propaganda ploy - there is some sort of agenda going on there.

I know several Iraq chemical attack victims (in Iran) which caused me to write:
http://iranian.com/posts/view/post/18005

Another fact: The west also supplied Saddam with laser weapons to blind the eyes of Iranian soldiers. Moreover, UK, France and Germany gave Saddam “germ” weapons that did not get used because the war ended in August 1988.

Western countries insist that they defend “truth,” and the “human rights.” Not in Iranian cases.

On Iraq attack into Iran, Western and Arab historians have written that Saddam’s last offensive into Iran did not fail. Iraq’s attacks into Kermanshah, Ahwaz and further north were defeated; BUT these fake historians focus on Saddam’s victories at Fao (which later was taken back), Majnoon island, and Shalamche and Dehloran. De-classified western documents will reveal all these information.

AND:

Western countries insist that they defend “truth,” and the “human rights.”

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There is nothing new about this article. Declassified NSA documents actually reveal that U.S. not only knew about Saddam Hussein's plans to use chemical weapons but that major items critical to the manufacture of these compounds were sold by the U.S. to Iraq. There are declassified memos that specifically address this. Two out of seven export licenses granted to Saddam Hussein where for 'dual use' technology that could be diverted for the production of Chemical Weapons. The U.S. was simply complicit in Saddam Hussein use of weapons of mass destruction against Iran.

SoosanKhanoom

akaDarya With life as short as a half-taken breath, don't plant anything but love. - Rumi

Dear Ayat,

The world needs to know this story being told by the experts as it has been done in the above article especially at this TIME in the history when the same hypocrites who supported Saddam to chemical bomb Iran are trying to invade Syria for their own created red line and false flag ..

These type of articles are always NEW and a MUST read for generations to come !



Shirzadegan

Siavash

Of course Soosan khanoom you realize that all this happened because ruling mullahs in Iran wanted to take over Iraq in order to reach Al-Ghodes. During that time, State T.V was showing to reach Al-Ghodes is from Karbala. T.V was showing it every night before the news starts. Saudi Arabia government accepted to pay for war damages to ruling mullahs to end the war. Saudi made that proposal at the beginning of the 1983, but Khomaini didn't want to end the war. He wanted to take over the Iraq.
It is good to see whole picture once we want to judge about any historical event.

behsaba

behsaba

If it wasn't for the brave previous generation of soldiers, who layed life after life down, against the odds, without questioning politics, for the love of their country, you, sunshine, would be speaking Arabic. So tone down the 'Otaghe Khabar' garbage, and show some respect. The least you could do is not say anything.

Shirzadegan

Siavash

I don't know how much you are aware of the war because many of these commentators were sitting on their comfort chair in the western countries watching news from western media. I was there all the time and we went through the hell in those days.
I keep reminding this crowd that how Arab treated Iranians so what is nonsense keep talking about Palestine or anti Israel rants in favor of Arabs ?
Now, let talk about the reality. The fact is the war had a nationalist sentiment at the beginning when my cousin plane, who was homafar, was shut down by Arabs. That was Shahanshahi army with the legacy of shah with slogan of "cho Iran nabashad tan e man ma bad" defended our country. Basiij was just started to operate and didn't have experience. Saddam found out that he couldn't win the war after 5 weeks. Our homefars and shahahshahi army were strong. They were trained in U.S.A during shah days. Saddam proposal for peace was declined by Khomainie. Everybody knows that. common knowledge. Now, Saudi Arabia wanted to pay for all damages to end the war. Again, Khomainie didn't accept the proposal. The goal was to take over the Iraq and then take over Israel. This is common knowledge. it has been documented.

Nene

Nene An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast. a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind. Buddha

Going by that logic, the opposition in Syria also deserves to be gassed, they refuse to sit down for a negotiated settlement...

Shirzadegan

Siavash

I don't know which logic you're talking about. Opposition in Syria is not trying to take over another country. They're trying to topple Assad regime. No one deserves to be gassed. It is inhume.
Your question was about America not helping Basiij and revolutionary guards. I said from one hand Baseej and revolutionary guard burning american flag and took hostages and chanting death to america and from the other hand you expect America must help baseej and revolutionary guard. That is funny question. Is that the logic you're referring to?
If shah was on power. yes America would have helped.

Zendanian

Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

What everyone seems to forget in here is the fact that the last four years of war between Iraq and Iran had nothing to do with defending Iran, but it was continued only because of Khomeini's deadly illusions about "conquering Jerusalem through Baghdad."

Saddam invaded Iran and started the war, but Khomeini continued the war even after Iraqi forces were forced back out of Iranian territories. Let us hold every single party responsible for continuation of that blood bath.

Khomeini paid for his deadly ambitions with lives of millions of Iranians and ultimately his own life.

behsaba

behsaba

Moan, whinge and whine. If Iran had stopped after defending, Reagan and Saddam would've had time to build up a better plan and attack later on, maybe the following year, but then Manoto 1 wouldn't tell you that would it. It also wouldn't tell you that Khomeini died at the age of 86, from old age, after the war had finished, nothing to do with the war at all.

Shirzadegan

Siavash

This is assumption.
Did you say "IF Iran had stopped after defending"? yes indeed "IF".

Zendanian

Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

Khomeini's famous quote after accepting the cease fire was:
" I accept this ceasefire like a chalice of poison."
After that we all saw what happened. There was nothing metaphorical about it. Peace killed him, plain and simple!

The last four years of that war was continued only for wet dreams of Khomeini & Co. It had nothing to do with defense, territorial integrity, or anything else.

DavidET

DAVIDET

One bad does not white wash the other. The use of chemical weapons by Assad (who has the backing of the Mullahs) must be seriously dealt with now, as the use of the chemicals by Saddam should have been dealt with then.

Bavafa

Bavafa   'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory  Mehrdad

Your statement will hold true, if there is proof Assad had used it. On the other hand, if it is proved that the terrorist elements within the rebels who are being assisted by the Saudis have been behind this criminal act, then the international community must deal with them just as harshly, including its backers (i.e. Saudi and Qatar)

Mehrdad

DavidET

DAVIDET

I agree. Indeed whoever did it, should be held responsible and dealt with.

behsaba

behsaba

Did Assad tell you himself that he's using them? Or do we have to wait another 25 years before the Americans admit that they knew about Saudi providing the chemicals for the opposition. http://en.alalam.ir/video/1509153

MM2805

MM

The following statement, copied from Rumsfeld's wiki site, is why we need to take wiki with a grain of salt:

"When Rumsfeld visited Baghdad on December 20, 1983, he met Saddam Hussein at Saddam's palace and had a 90-minute discussion. They largely agreed on opposing Syria's occupation of Lebanon; preventing Syrian and Iranian expansion; and preventing arms sales to Iran. Rumsfeld suggested that if U.S.-Iraq relations could improve the U.S. might support a new oil pipeline across Jordan, which Iraq had opposed but was now willing to reconsider. Rumsfeld also informed Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz that "Our efforts to assist were inhibited by certain things that made it difficult for us ... citing the use of chemical weapons."[41]

[41]: Graham, By His Own Rules (2009) pp 159–60"