8 November 2005
The case against Saddam in perspective - Part 1
Without the West, no Saddam
By Daan de Wit
Watch the video at the bottom of this article
Saddam is being tried for his crimes, such as for example the poison gas attack in Halabja. But today it will be disclosed that the US used a variant of napalm during the assault on Fallujah last year. And an investigation by the Sunday Herald shows that England has sold chemical weapons to 26 countries, among them members of the 'axis of evil'. Moreover, without the support of Western countries, there would have been no Saddam to speak of, as is made clear in this new article from DeepJournal.
As we reported earlier, the attack on Halabja was carried out by Iran, according to a report by the Pentagon. But the use of poison gas has also become a reality in the current war in Iraq, as is made clear (English translation) in the new documentary Fallujah - The Hidden Massacre by the Italian RAI News 24 produced by Sigfrido Ranucci and broadcast today on Italian television. (stream / WMV). 'In soldier slang they call it Willy Pete. The technical name is white phosphorus. In theory its purpose is to illumine enemy positions in the dark. In practice, it was used as a chemical weapon in the rebel stronghold of Fallujah. And it was used not only against enemy combatants and guerrillas, but again innocent civilians. The Americans are responsible for a massacre using unconventional weapons, the identical charge for which Saddam Hussein stands accused,' writes La Repubblica. This is a moral problem that is also playing itself out in England, as witnessed by this headline: UK sells WMD components to ‘axis of evil’ countries. 'Two years ago, the Sunday Herald revealed the extent of the UK's sale of chemical weapons in an award-winning investigation into Britain's chemical bazaar. We revealed that some 26 countries – including Libya, Israel and Iran – were buying chemical weapon components from the UK. The UK has since upped the sale of these components', reported the newspaper in the middle of last year. The US doesn't score much better: 'As well as anthrax and botulism, the USA also sent [when Saddam was in power] West Nile fever, brucella melitensis, which damages major organs, and clostridium perfringens, which causes gas gangrene. [...] Other items which were sent by the US to Iraq included chemical warfare agent precursors, chemical warfare agent production facility plans and technical drawings, chemical warfare filling equipment, biological warfare-related materials, missile fabrication equipment and missile system guidance equipment', wrote de Sunday Herald.
French military and nuclear help for Saddam
Western countries lent support to Iraq
Bush supported both Iran and himself
'In 1987, a French paper published a letter written to Saddam Hussein by Jacques Chirac a few months previously. It began: "My dear friend." [...] many other Western countries - including the United States, Britain, West Germany and Italy - also helped Iraq with equipment and expertise, both civilian and military, and with finance.' All this out of fear of Iran. 'In the early 1980s, the bogeyman for the Americans was Ayatollah Khomeini. He had come to power in Iran during the 1979 Islamic revolution.' This explains the support, also from the US, for Iraq - support which blossomed during a visit by Rumsfeld to Saddam (see part two of this series): 'President Reagan determined nevertheless that Iraq should be supported and he sent Mr Rumsfeld to Baghdad with a personal letter from himself to Saddam Hussein', wrote the BBC. Reagan was president because Carter had lost the 1980 election due to his mishandling of the hostage crisis at the American embassy in Tehran. Running totally contrary to the anti-Iranian sentiment and policy held by Americans at that time, the Iranian regime was provided with weapons and cash in 1980 by George Bush, father of George W. Bush. The weapons and cash were exchanged for the pledge by the Iranians to hold onto the American hostages a little longer. The goal of this operation October Surprise was for Carter to fail in his efforts to free the hostages so that Reagan would end up getting elected president (with Bush becoming vice-president). And so it came to pass. Read more about the October Surprise in this article DeepJournal wrote for Esquire.
US misled Iraq into war against Kuwait
Lying and deceit as weapon against Saddam and the rest of the world
James Bond director made feature film for Saddam
Bribing Saddam wasn't really an option because he wasn't interested in money, wrote The Atlantic Monthly in May of 2002: 'What does Saddam want? By all accounts, he is not interested in money. This is not the case with other members of his family. His wife, Sajida, is known to have gone on million-dollar shopping sprees in New York and London, back in the days of Saddam's good relations with the West. Uday drives expensive cars and wears custom-tailored suits of his own design. Saddam himself isn't a hedonist; he lives a well-regulated, somewhat abstemious existence. He seems far more interested in fame than in money, desiring above all to be admired, remembered, and revered. A nineteen-volume official biography is mandatory reading for Iraqi government officials, and Saddam has also commissioned [in 1980] a six-hour film about his life, called The Long Days, which was edited [and directed] by Terence Young, best known for directing three James Bond films. Saddam told his official biographer that he isn't interested in what people think of him today, only in what they will think of him in five hundred years. The root of Saddam's bloody, single-minded pursuit of power appears to be simple vanity.'
It is always good when a crook gets rounded up, especially if he is the leader of a bunch of other crooks. But what if a crook ends up standing trial when it never really was the goal to try him in the first place, and has to be regarded as a by-product? What if that by-product is the result of an expedition carried out by lying and deceit? What if the spoils of war have already been extracted and the by-product is depicted as being the main objective by way of the same lying and deceit? What if the main objective derives its reason for being from those who are now passing judgment on him? The world is infested with crooks. All of those crooks have the right to be convicted, not just the by-product manufactured by the U.S.
As is apparent from his relations with the West, Saddam has much to tell. Now that one [Nov 10: and a second one] of his lawyers has been murdered, his defense team would like to have him tried abroad out of concern for safety, in The Hague for example. But the president of the International Court of Justice says that the rules will not allow this.
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