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  • I kind of like that conspiracy theory. It takes into account the fact that we've sold Iraq basically all of his nasty weapons: bio, chemical, etc.

    As Ted Rall said on "Real Time with Bill Maher", "we know he has chemical and biological weapons because we kept the reciept."

    Ted may be a rather crazy left wing kind of guy but he hit that one on the head.
    • It's funny, but I've not heard a shred of evidence to back it up.

      From what I understand, Americans gave Saddam some Anthrax samples back in the Carter administration that Iraq claimed they needed for medical reasons. Many other countries were given similar samples. The US never gave them weaponized Anthrax nor any information on how to do that.

      I don't believe we ever gave Iraq VX, nor instructions on how to make it.

      I don't believe we gave him mustard gas, but the instructions on making that are pretty

      • Ok, in order to make sure I was clear on the US's role in Iraq's bio/chem/nuke programs I started doing some googling.

        Here's what I initially found. My first links pertain to a general overview of the Iran-Iraq War [fas.org]. No real leads here but some interesting info about a UN report [fas.org]. The same site had some stuff on Iraq's Chemical Weapons [fas.org]. I did find a page about the US involvement [zmag.org] in the Iran-Iraq war.

        Those seems to be rather on the level. I did find a report [sipri.se] done by a Swedish group that seemed rather forthright. It pertains to the use of chemical and biological weapons by Iraq.

        Then I found two pieces about possible assistance the US gave Iraq. The first [counterpunch.org] was seemed to be from a rather left wing site. Not sure just my impression. The second however was a transcript of a show done by the PBS show Frontline, The Arming of Iraq [pbs.org]. This aired in 1990.

        So, I still think the US was involved in Iraqi bio/chem weapons programs. It looks like everyone had a hand in it: USA, Britain, France, and Germany. I feel rather burnt out from wading through all of that material. There seems to be a lot of good links at the PBS site about Iraq and its recent history.

        I'll stand by my statement that we helped Iraq. I'm not sure as to the degree though.