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Netanyahu accused of 'crying wolf' over Iran's non-existant nukes

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Destro10/19/2012 9:46:01 pm PDT

re: #16 ckkatz

Frankly, I feel that the American occupation of Iraq badly flawed. Nor am I convinced that the invasion of Iraq was necessarily in the United States national interest. However, that does _not_ obscure the fact that Saddam Hussein and his Ba’athist regime slaughtered hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi citizens.

Middle finger to Uncle Sam and his faux moral outrage when it suits him (and that bastard Uncle Sam maybe helped Iraq’s Ba’athist use chemical weapons to bring Iran to her knees). Let’s go down the memory hole, shall we?

Halabja : America didn’t seem to mind poison gas

By Joost R. Hiltermann

Published: January 17, 2003

nytimes.com

AMMAN, Jordan— In calling for regime change in Iraq, George W. Bush has accused Saddam Hussein of being a man who gassed his own people. Bush is right, of course. The public record shows that Saddam’s regime repeatedly spread poisonous gases on Kurdish villages in 1987 and 1988 in an attempt to put down a persistent rebellion.

The biggest such attack was against Halabja in March 1988. According to local organizations providing relief to the survivors, some 6,800 Kurds were killed, the vast majority of them civilians.

It is a good thing that Bush has highlighted these atrocities by a regime that is more brutal than most. Yet it is cynical to use them as a justification for American plans to terminate the regime. By any measure, the American record on Halabja is shameful.

Analysis of thousands of captured Iraqi secret police documents and declassified U.S. government documents, as well as interviews with scores of Kurdish survivors, senior Iraqi defectors and retired U.S. intelligence officers, show (1) that Iraq carried out the attack on Halabja, and (2) that the United States, fully aware it was Iraq, accused Iran, Iraq’s enemy in a fierce war, of being partly responsible for the attack. The State Department instructed its diplomats to say that Iran was partly to blame.

This was at a time when Iraq was launching what proved to be the final battles of the war against Iran. Its wholesale use of poison gas against Iranian troops and Iranian Kurdish towns, and its threat to place chemical warheads on the missiles it was lobbing at Tehran, brought Iran to its knees.

Iraq had also just embarked on a counterinsurgency campaign, called the Anfal, against its rebellious Kurds. In this effort, too, the regime’s resort to chemical weapons gave it a decisive edge, enabling the systematic killing of an estimated 100,000 men, women, and children.

The deliberate American prevarication on Halabja was the logical, although probably undesired, outcome of a pronounced six-year tilt toward Iraq, seen as a bulwark against the perceived threat posed by Iran’s zealous brand of politicized Islam. The United States began the tilt after Iraq, the aggressor in the war, was expelled from Iranian territory by a resurgent Iran, which then decided to pursue its own, fruitless version of regime change in Baghdad.

So spare me. And yes, I rather live in Saddam’s Ba’athist Iraq where I could buy a good bottle of Scotch than fucking American ally Saudi-Wahabist-Arabia where such a purchase may get me be-headed.

And I am still waiting for someone to tell me how many wars Iran started in the 20th century? 21st? to prove Iran is an irrational nation ready to carry out a mass suicide attack at moment’s notice.