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Thursday, April 8, 2010

US did not give chemical weapons to Saddam - Favored myth of America's enemies is crushed by Zakaria, right to Iranian regime's face

I dont know how I missed it, it happened over a year ago on CNN:

MARANDI: ... I think that, if we look back in my own personal history, I was a volunteer in the Iraq-Iran War when Iraq invaded Iran. And I survived two chemical attacks by the Iraqi regime.

And those chemical weapons were provided to Iraq's -- to Saddam Hussein -- by the European Union countries and the United States. They provided...

ZAKARIA: You know that that's not true.

MARANDI: ... (UNINTELLIGIBLE) technology.

ZAKARIA: And you..

MARANDI: And I think that if...

ZAKARIA: You hesitated there, Professor Marandi, because you know it is not true that the United States provided any...

MARANDI: But the technology and the support...

ZAKARIA: You're trying to come up with some way to formulate it that you...

MARANDI: No, the United States did provide Saddam Hussein with support.

ZAKARIA: With agricultural credits. They did not provide them with chemical weapons.

MARANDI: Come on, Fareed. You know that the United States did back Saddam -- you know that the United States did back Saddam Hussein, that they supported him both directly...

ZAKARIA: I may -- I said very clearly it provided agricultural credits. Though that's not chemical weapons. These are two separate things.



If the regime's (payed, secret) agents themselves can't effectively argue the regime's own anti-American grievances, then it's probably all bullshit.

The only other thing I know of that we gave to Saddam during the 80s was intelligence on Iran, such as satellite photos, and some helicopter parts.

Former Secretary of State Schultz discussed the Reagan administration's policy toward Iraq and Iran with CNN's Christiane Amanpour a few months earlier


As a matter of fact, according to Gholam Reza Afkhami's mammoth biography of the Shah - SAVAK, Iran's intelligence service during the Shah's reign, "as early as 1976," had been advising the Shah "that Iraq was building and stockpiling chemical and biological weapons." And according to former Romanian spy chief Ion Mihai Pacepa, those weapons were given to Saddam by the Soviet Union and the program was run by Soviet Gen. Yevgeny Primakov in the 1970s.

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