Where have all the Liberals gone, long time ago
Where have all the Liberals gone, gone to Bush lovers everyone
When will they ever learn, When will they ever learn
(forgive me Peter, Paul & Mary)
I got upset when the cry "No WMD's found" was sounded by Liberals.
I said to my self - "Self, WTF". Where did all the Liberals go? Not only did they echo Bush but they gladly forgot their own history.
1988 - The Halabja poison gas attack - THIS WAS A PBS DOCUMENTERY!!!
For you youngsters, at one time PBS was the very bastion of Liberal culture. The hue & cry from the Left was that Saddam was a very bad man. Now the
Liberals not only do not ask where or how he got it but now believe he never had it. They have become secret Bush supporters.
1982 - With the aid of tanks, rocket launchers and helicopter gunships purchased from the Soviet Union the Iraqis are able to contain and reverse the
Iranians but cannot remove them entirely from their territory. Kurdish resistance is quelled by the reported use of chemical weapons and forced
deportation to Iran.
1982 - Iraq's armory receives another boost in February when the country is removed from a US Government list of alleged sponsors of terrorism. Iraq
is now receiving major arms shipments from the Soviet Union and France, and the US has just opened up as a potential weapons supplier.
1984 - Rumsfeld returns to Baghdad for meetings with the Iraqi foreign minister on 24 March, the same day that the United Nations (UN) releases a
report finding that Iraq is using mustard gas and the nerve agent tabun against Iranian troops.
1984 - The British Government also becomes entangled in Iraq's chemical weapons programs, secretly providing a British-based company with financial
backing for the construction of a chlorine plant capable of producing the precursors necessary to manufacture mustard gas and nerve agents.
1984 - The plant, Falluja 2, is located about 60 km west of Baghdad. It is later reported by 'The Guardian' newspaper that the British Government,
at the time headed by Conservative leader Margaret Thatcher, was aware that the plant could be used in the production of chemical weapons.
1986 - In March the UN secretary-general formally accuses Iraq of using chemical weapons against Iran, citing a UN report by four chemical warfare
experts. The reports says the weapons used include both mustard gas and nerve gas and that the use of chemical weapons appears to have been more
extensive in 1981 than in 1984.
1987 - Saddam launches the so-called Anfal (spoils of war) campaign against Kurdish dissidents who have aided the Iranians during the war. It is
reported that thousands of Kurds are indiscriminately killed when villages are attacked with poisonous gas. The international humanitarian
organization Human Rights Watch estimates that at least 40 such chemical attacks take place.
1988 - The Halabja poison gas attack (Kurdish: Kîmyabarana Helebce) occurred in the period of March 16–17, 1988, during the closing days of the
Iran-Iraq War, when chemical weapons were used by the Iraqi government forces in the Kurdish town of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan. The attack instantly
killed thousands of people (3,200-5,000 dead instantly) and injured 7,000-10,000, most of them civilians; thousands more died of complications,
diseases, and birth defects in the years after the attack. The incident, which some define as an act of genocide, was as of 2009 the largest-scale
chemical weapons attack directed against a civilian-populated area in history.
1988 - Meanwhile, Iraq begins to produce biological agents. Large-scale production commences in 1989 at four facilities near Baghdad. Iraq's
conventional military forces are also rebuilt and by 1990 will be the world's fourth largest.
According to Iraqi defectors, Iraq had carried out a nuclear test just prior to the Gulf War underneath Lake Rezzaza using "a gun assembly nuclear
warhead bought off the peg from Russia". The test went undetected because the Russians had also sold Saddam Hussein the data showing the movements of
American spy satellites over the area. With all this, it is not a surprise that Saddam Hussein agreed to, once sanctions were lifted, allows Russia to
explore the southern oil fields. Probably in relation to this, according to the highest ranking GRU defector ever from Russia, Colonel Stanislav
Lunev, Russia provided intelligence to Saddam Hussein on the movements and intentions of UN inspector.
But Russia's assistance to Iraq is not limited to intelligence or conventional arms, as Dr. Ken Alibek, the former first chief deputy of the civilian
branch of Biopreparat, Russia's biological weapons program, says. He has testified that the Soviet Union assisted Iraq's weapons of mass destruction
programs, and that Russian scientists even in the late 1990s were helping Saddam's biological weapons program.
The Soviet bloc not only sold Saddam its WMDs, but it showed them how to make them "disappear." Russia is still at it. Primakov was in Baghdad from
December until a couple of days before the war, along with a team of Russian military experts led by two of Russia's topnotch "retired"generals:
Vladislav Achalov, a former deputy defense minister, and Igor Maltsev, a former air defense chief of staff. They were all there receiving honorary
medals from the Iraqi defense minister. They clearly were not there to give Saddam military advice for the upcoming war—Saddam's Katyusha launchers
were of World War II vintage, and his T-72 tanks, BMP-1 fighting vehicles and MiG fighter planes were all obviously useless against America. "I did
not fly to Baghdad to drink coffee," was what Gen. Achalov told the media afterward. They were there orchestrating Iraq's "Sarindar" plan.