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Tuesday, September 24, 2002  

BBC News Online | UK dossier on Iraq

And here it is. The "Smoking Gun". A few comments:

1. Under Saddam Hussein Iraq developed chemical and biological weapons, acquired missiles allowing it to attack neighbouring countries with these weapons and persistently tried to develop a nuclear bomb. Saddam has used chemical weapons, both against Iran and against his own people. Following the Gulf War, Iraq had to admit to all this. And in the ceasefire of 1991 Saddam agreed unconditionally to give up his weapons of mass destruction.

Not so much developed as had given to him, by the UK and the US. This like a pusher criticising users for possession, isn't it?

7. Prior to the Gulf War, Iraq had a well-developed ballistic missile industry.

Um, imported SCUDs from the former USSR? Right......

8. Iraq had made frequent use of a variety of chemical weapons during the Iran-Iraq War. Many of the casualties are still in Iranian hospitals suffering from the long-term effects of numerous types of cancer and lung diseases. In 1988 Saddam also used mustard and nerve agents against Iraqi Kurds at Halabja in northern Iraq (see box on p15). Estimates vary, but according to Human Rights Watch up to 5,000 people were killed.

9. Iraq used significant quantities of mustard, tabun and sarin during the war with Iran resulting in over 20,000 Iranian casualties.

A month after the attack on Halabja, Iraqi troops used over 100 tonnes of sarin against Iranian troops on the al-Fao peninsula. Over the next three months Iraqi troops used sarin and other nerve agents on Iranian troops causing extensive casualties.

10. From Iraqi declarations to the UN after the Gulf War we know that by 1991 Iraq had produced a variety of delivery means for chemical and biological agents including over 16,000 free-fall bombs and over 110,000 artillery rockets and shells.

Iraq also admitted to the UN Special Commission (UNSCOM) that it had 50 chemical and 25 biological warheads available for its ballistic missiles.

Once again, he was sold or given these weapons by the US and the UK, and trained in their use by a cabal of people including Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, and Colin Powell.

11. Iraq fired over 500 SCUD-type missiles at Iran during the Iran-Iraq War at both civilian and military targets, and 93 SCUD-type missiles during the Gulf War. The latter were targeted at Israel and Coalition forces stationed in the Gulf region.

That bastard had the gall to fire at us when we attacked him! How dare he?

This was achieved despite a continuous and sophisticated programme of harassment, obstruction, deception and denial (see Part 2). Because of this UNSCOM concluded by 1998 that it was unable to fulfil its mandate. The inspectors were withdrawn in December 1998.

Lie by implication. The inspectors were withdrawn so we could bomb Iraq, not because UNSCOM "was unable to fulfil its mandate."

The rest of the dossier is a Bush-like rant that "we have intelligence" that Iraq is doing bad things, without any details whatsoever.

posted by lazarus | 05:54 | |
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