Discussion:
The Real Secret of Iraq's Germ Weapons
(too old to reply)
Sid Shniad
2014-10-19 22:42:57 UTC
Permalink
Raw Message
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article40011.htm


*The Real Secret of Iraq's Germ Weapons *
* Iraq had no nuclear weapons, as the US falsely claimed. But it did have
an arsenal of chemical and biological weapons – delivered by the western
powers. *

*In the Anglo-American view, chemical and biological weapons were fine – so
long as used to kill Muslim Iranians. Used against westerners, they would
be denounced as “terrorism.”By Eric Margolis*

October 18, 2014 "ICH <http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/>" - Back
in the 1990’s, journalists used to joke, “Of course we know Iraq has
chemical weapons. We have the delivery receipts to prove it!”

The joke turned out to be the exact truth.

While covering Iraq in 1990 – just before the first massive US bombing
campaign – I discovered the US and Britain had secretly built a germ
weapons arsenal for Iraq to use against Iran in the eight year-Iran-Iraq
War.

This while both the US and Britain were fulminating with breathtaking
hypocrisy against the alleged dangers of Iraq’s supposed WMD’s (weapons of
mass destruction) that never existed. Some years later, the two leading
apostles of attacking Iraq, George W. Bush and Tony Blair, delivered
Philippics against Saddam Hussein’s weapons programs while never mentioning
that high level of western support for Iraq’s late leader.

Last week the widely read “New York Times” ran a multi-page exposé entitled
“Abandoned Chemical Weapons and Secret Casualties in Iraq.”

The NY Times played a key role in driving the US into two wars against
Iraq. America’s leading newspaper is finally facing part of the ugly truth
over Iraq’s non-existent weapons of mass destruction, the pretext used by
the US to bomb, then invade Iraq. Perhaps it’s trying to atone, or clear
its besmirched name.

Iraq had no nuclear weapons, as the US falsely claimed. But it did have an
arsenal of chemical and biological weapons – delivered by the western
powers. All were battlefield arms, not strategic, weapons. None could be
delivered more than 100 kms.

According to the “New York Times,” after the second war against Iraq in
2003, 17 US servicemen and seven Iraqis were injured by mustard and nerve
gas after they dug up buried caches of Iraq’s 1980’s chemical weapons.
Shamefully, their plight was kept secret by the Pentagon; the soldiers were
refused adequate medical care in order to cover up this sordid story.

But what I uncovered in Baghdad was far worse.

I found two British scientists who had been employed at Iraq’s top secret
Salman Pak chemical and biowarfare laboratory near Baghdad. The Brits
confided to me they were part of a large technical team secretly organized
and “seconded” to Iraq in the mid-1980’s by the British government and the
MI6 Secret Intelligence Service. Their goal was to develop and “weaponize”
anthrax, plague, botulism and other pathogens for use as tactical germ
weapons.

The US and Saudi Arabia feared Iran’s Islamic revolution would sweep the
Mideast and overthrow its oil monarchs. So Washington and its Arab allies
convinced Iraq’s president, Saddam Hussein, to invade Iran and overthrow
its new government. Arms and money flowed to Iraq from the US, Britain,
Kuwait and the Saudis.

After three years of WWI-style warfare, Iraq found its outnumbered troops
could not stop Iranian human-wave attacks. Iran was slowly winning its
bloody war against Iraq.

So the US and Britain supplied Saddam Hussein with chemical and biological
weapons to break the waves of attacking Iranians. Chemical warfare
manufacturing equipment – disguised as insecticide plants – came from
Germany, France and Holland. The feed stock for the germ weapons came from
a US laboratory in Maryland – approved by the US government.

Over 500,000 soldiers and civilians died in the eight-year Iran-Iraq
conflict. To this day, Iran blames the US and the Saudis for instigating
the war and causing some 250,000 Iranian casualties.

By contrast, in the Anglo-American view, chemical and biological weapons
were fine – so long as used to kill Muslim Iranians. Used against
westerners, they would be denounced as “terrorism.” In 2013, US President
Barack Obama threatened Syria with war over unfounded claims that Damascus
planned to use chemical weapons on US-backed insurgents.

My dispatches from Baghdad in 1990 were the first to reveal the US-British
plan for Iraq to use biowarfare weapons like anthrax and plague on the
Iranians. The US media never reported this story any more than Washington’s
secret backing for old ally Saddam Hussein.

Few Americans know anything about their nation’s support for the demonized
Saddam Hussein or the secret biological weapons story. Or that the
deadliest biowarfare weapon used in the region was the destruction by the
US airpower of Iraq’s water and sewage systems, a crime that led to the
deaths, according to UN officials, of over 500,000 Iraqis, mostly children,
from contaminated water. Iraq is still poisoned by depleted uranium
munitions fired by US forces.

The Western powers prevented Iraq from importing chlorine to purify filthy,
pest-ridden water, claiming the chlorine could be used in chemical weapons!
Lead for school pencils was also banned as a possible nuclear plant
component. This from the same nations that had been covertly supplying Iraq
with germs and poison gas for use against Iran.

Why are these events of a quarter century ago relevant today?

Because the current horrible mess in Iraq and Syria is a direct result of
the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. ISIS is a manufactured monster that
could have crawled out of the germ warfare plant at Salman Pak.

*Eric S. Margolis is an award-winning, internationally syndicated
columnist. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the
International Herald Tribune the Los Angeles Times, Times of London, the
Gulf Times, the Khaleej Times, Nation – Pakistan, Hurriyet, – Turkey, Sun
Times Malaysia and other news sites in Asia. http://ericmargolis.com
<http://ericmargolis.com>*
--
---
You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Sid-l" group.
To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to sid-l+***@googlegroups.com.
For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout.
Loading...