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22 December 2002  |     mail this article   |     print   |   
This article is part of the series: Iraq-US-connection
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Onderzoeker onthult:
Gifgasaanval op Koerden niet door Saddam
Door Daan de Wit
We doen het niet graag, maar bij deze houden we een lucifer bij een van de weinige strohalmen van de regering BushBlairBalkenende die redenen moeten verschaffen Irak (
verder) aan te vallen. Een van die redenen is de schandalige gifgasaanval in 1988 van Saddam op de Koerdische bevolking van Halabja. Probleem alleen is dat Saddam dat niet heeft gedaan, zo staat te lezen in een rapport van het Pentagon. Het is geschreven door 'the man who headed the CIA's Iraq desk during the Gulf War', 'Dr Stephen Pelletiere, who recently retired as professor of National Security Affairs at the US Army War College'.

Bovenstaande staat in een artikel van onderzoeksjournalist Kevin Dowling. Dowling is bekend bij DeepJournal omdat we hem een aantal maal hebben gebeld in verband met een ander onderwerp, zijn onthullingen over de duistere kant van het Wereld Natuur Fonds. Het rapport van Pelletiere is gepubliceerd in december 1990, evenals een boek over deze materie, maar recentelijk kwam Blair weer met Halabja op de proppen in een rapport dat tot doel heeft iedereen warm te maken voor een oorlog met Irak. Pelletiere: '"It insults our intelligence by recycling old, discredited propaganda and presenting it as fact"'.

Westerse wapens en virussen voor Saddam
The Guardian maakt het allemaal nog erger door te onthullen dat de Engelse regering na de gasaanval in Halabja Saddam heeft voorzien van 'even more weapons-related equipment . [...] This cynicism and hypocrisy was matched only by the US. Soon after the [Halabja] attack, Washington approved the export to Iraq of virus cultures and a $1bn contract to design and build a petrochemical plant the Iraqis planned to use to produce mustard gas. And while the Reagan administration condemned the use of chemical weapons during the eight-year Iraq-Iran war, US officers were secretly supplying Iraq i generals with bomb-damage assessments and detailed information on Iranian troop deployments.' Dus eerst stiekem Irak sterk maken, om nu weer te kunnen afbreken en later weer op te bouwen? Smells like Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace .

Als Irak het dan niet heeft gedaan, wie dan wel?
"Most of the civilians killed at Halabja - and it's very unlikely that as many as 5,000 died - were killed by Iranian poison gas ", aldus Pelletiere. "The Iranians made a photo-opportunity out of a catastrophe simply by blaming the deaths on Saddam, and then the media happily gobbled their propaganda up." [...] "The Halabjah incident is one of the reasons being proposed now by Prime Minister Blair and President Bush for a full-scale military assault on Iraq. "Meanwhile, estimates of the number of innocents who have died in Iraq from relentless American-dictated U.N. sanctions range between a million and 1.7 million , including more than half a million children. "Bush and Blair want a 'regime change' simply because if sanctions were to be lifted then Saddam's regime would favour Russian and French oil companies rather than US or British multinationals. "This dispute has little to do with any war on terrorism. "And it is quite wrong that we should base public policy on propaganda and lies"'.

Tweede gifgasaanval
Naast Halabja was er een tweede gifgasaanval. Volgens Pelletiere heeft die zelfs nooit plaatsgevonden. 'The spin doctors' contribution to this clandestine economic war* was crucial, he believes. A second alleged gas attack by the Iraqis against the Kurds at Amadiyyah in the far northern region of Iraq was fabricated five months after the war had ended. "No gassing victims were ever produced," he said. "The only evidence that gas was used is the eye-witness testimony of the Kurds who fled to Turkey, collected by staffers of the U.S. Senate. "We showed this testimony to experts in the military who told us it was worthless. The symptoms described by the Kurds do not conform to any known chemical or combination of chemicals.'
* Zie ook Pelletiere's boek Iraq and the International Oil System: Why America Went to War in the Gulf .

VS bestookt eigen burgers
Dowling publiceerde zijn artikel op de site van Gordon Thomas. Die heeft net een boek gepubliceerd over experimenten van de VS op zijn eigen burgers. Het gaat voornamelijk over gedachtecontrole-experimenten zoals het bekende en door het Amerikaanse Congres bestudeerde MKULTRA-project (Meer over MKULTRA in dit artikel DaanSpeak). Lees dit artikel van DaanSpeak over hoe de VS hun eigen soldaten bestookten met gifgas .

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