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Originally posted by persian
It was only iraq which used its chemical weapons on Iran. Iran didn’t have any chemical weapon at that time and therefore did not use any.
Originally posted by GlobalDisorder
Halabja was not a deserted Kurdish village that somone attacked out of the blue, but rather a battlefield that Iraq and Iran were fighting over, and
which they alternately held in turn
During the war, when iran was pushing slowly into iraq, iraq responded with chemical weapons as a last ditch effort to save itself.
Iran went to the UN accusing the Iraqis of horrific things with these WMD's.
After Iran started getting pushed back wards from iraq, they are then thought to off captured various chemical ordanance of saddams, in which they used in return against iraq considering the UN had turned a blind eye.
AFter realising there wernt any ramifications they started there Shah-era chemical weapons stores, and
developing capacity to make chemical weapons in spite of the moral
stricture, just in case it was lifted, or in case it became a matter of
1) the lips and extremities of the victims at Halabja were blue;
2) that this is evidence of cyanide because it is something that blocks the flow of oxygen to the blood, whence the blueness
3) Iran used cyanide gas and Iraq didn't