Thought you knew all the reasons why Saddam was such a bad guy and gassed his people, the Kurds? Well, we havent been told the whole story and maybe
Saddam didnt even do it
In a much-publicized CNN interview on September 18, 2002, former President and CIA Director George H.W. Bush declared that he "hates" Saddam
"Read My Lips, I'm Lying"
"I hate Saddam Hussein," the trembling former president told interviewer Paula Zhan. "I don't hate a lot of people. I don't hate easily, but I
think he's, as I say, his word is no good and he's a brute. I have nothing but hatred in my heart for him." Bush added, threateningly, "He's got
a lot of problems, but immortality isn't one of them."
The elder Bush began reeling off historical falsehoods, starting with the now-classic Saddam Hussein "gassing" legend. "He's used poison gas on
his own people!" Bush declared, not mentioning, of course, that he and other members of the Reagan-Bush administrations armed the Iraqi regime
with this poison gas
, and encouraged its use. As documented by US Congressional records, the Reagan administrationwith VP George H.W. Bush
spearheading top-level policyfurnished Iraq with the biological and chemical materials, throughout the 1980s. This continued through Bush 41
administration, right up to the start of the Gulf War.
Poison gas used in the Iran-Iraq War was manufactured using ingredients reportedly supplied by Lafarge Corporation, of which Bush was a substantial
owner, and Hillary Rodham Clinton was a director.
A recent New York Times page one story (8/18/02), "Officers Say US Aided Iraq in War Despite Use of Gas," revealed that the Reagan administration
provided Iraq with battle planning assistance despite knowledge that chemical weapons were being used against Iran.
According to investigative journalist Tom Flocco, Baker & Botts, the law firm of then-Secretary of State James Baker, maintained numerous legal and
financial ties with a Boca Raton, Florida, chemical company headed by Iraqi terrorist Ihsan Barbouti.
This connection continued, according to
Flocco, "during the period when illegal nerve gas precursors were shipped by the Boca Raton company to Iraq just months prior to the outbreak of Gulf
War hostilities." With the help of then-Attorney General Richard Thornburgh, Bush manufactured a "conflict of interest waiver" that absolved his
administration from criminal prosecution. Of course, this waiver was kept secret from Congress.
Details of another direct Bush-Iraq tie emerged in September 1992, when a six-month investigation by John Connolly in Spy Magazine exposed that
Wackenhut Corporation (a CIA front company) ferried equipment for the manufacture of chemical weapons to Iraq in 1990. George Wackenhut is a close
friend of the Bush family, and has made enormous contributions to the campaigns of all Bush family members who have run for office.
According to UC Berkeley Professor Peter Dale Scott, Stephen Pelletiere, chief of the CIA Iraq desk at Langley in the 1980s (and author of Iraq and
the International Oil System: Why America Went to War in the Gulf) confirms that several hundred Kurds were likely killed by Irannot Iraq.
Furthermore, these deaths were caused by cyanide gas, which Iraq had not used in the war against Iran (they used mustard gas), and which, says
Pelletiere, they had no ability to produce.
Pelletiere argues that the gassing deaths of 100,000 Kurds claimed by former Secretary of State George Shultz was a complete fabrication, and that
to this day no bodies were ever found.
Scott concludes that although there is evidence that both sides used gas, and Iranian gas killed the
Kurds, this information was not revealed until 1990, leaving the impression that only Iraq was involved, and cementing the "Saddam gassed Kurds"
legend into placeto be exploited and repeated endlessly.