Tuesday, November 13, 2007

WMD in Iraq, Saddam's Explanation

There was every reason to believe that Saddam Hussein had WMD's. First he used them in Kurdistan. We know that our friends the Germans sold them the technology and set up his chemical plants. (If want to poison people by gas you should go to the pioneers in the field, they have lot's of experience). He denied access to UN inspectors in 1998, thumbing his nose at Clinton administration more interested in stains on a blue dress. Meanwhile the Iraqi people had to endure the UN sanctions, and Saddam's brutality. In a post 9-11 world with the US enforcing the UN sanctions that caused 1.5 million deaths, a wise decision was made to get rid of Saddam. Argue as you will, Iraq is far better off without Saddam and we (the US) are responsible for far fewer deaths in the post-2003 invasion than if we had just kept enforcing the sanctions and allowed Saddam to stay in place. A Fox News story gives a reasonable explanation as to why Saddam led us to believe that his WMD plants were still humming along:

  • George Piro, who told Kessler he befriended Saddam to extract confessions, said, "When we were saying bye, he started to tear up."
  • Saddam also feared Iran and told his American captors he wanted Tehran to believe he possessed nuclear and biological weapons, according to Kessler.
  • "Saddam said that if America thought that he had WMD, then, of course, Iran would, and this would fulfill his goal of making sure that Iran did not want to attack Iraq," Kessler told NBC News...[more]

2 comments:

Alison said...

Just consider this: Would an FBI agent have been allowed to reveal information that would cause serious embarrassment to the US government? Of course not! Kessler confirms that Piro's account was vetted in advance by the Director of the FBI.

All this convoluted nonsense about Saddam having fooled the US into invading Iraq is just the latest official American cop-out. It is contradicted by Saddam's own public statements before and after the invasion. Saddam did not always co-operate fully with the UN weapons inspections teams during the 1990s because he knew they had been infiltrated by the CIA with the aim of toppling his government. Former UN Inspectors have confirmed that Iraq would have been given a clean bill of health in the mid 1990s had it not been for US pressure.

Other claims made in Piro's account are equally self-serving - they tell us what the US government wants people to believe. How convenient that Saddam is no longer around to rebut them!!

Frank said...

Alison,

"Saddam did not always co-operate fully with the UN weapons inspections teams during the 1990s because he knew they had been infiltrated by the CIA with the aim of toppling his government."

If there's any dictator that needed toppling it was Saddam. Also, see my previous post on Iraq - http://monotooth-moron.blogspot.com/2007/10/iraqi-deaths-from-un-sanctions-and-from.html

Also - with all due respect to American liberals, it's easy for them to talk; they didn't have to live under such monster.

-Best
Frank