Iraqi gas attack? It's a lie!
- Dear Mr. Bronke,
This is in response to a forward concerning the hypocrisy of American
demands that Iraq not posess poison gas weaponry. It is certainly
true that the Bush administration is being hypocritical in demanding
that Iraq disarm itself of weapons that the USA has and of weapons
which the USA was formerly providing Iraq. It is, however, untrue, or
at best unfounded, to accuse President Hussein of having used poison
gas on his own people.
Some Kurdish people were indeed found to have been killed by poison
gas during the 1980-1988 war, but their deaths were caused by a blood
agent of the type that Iraq is not believed to have had at the time
but which the Iranians did. In any case, Kurdistan was a war zone,
and poison gas was a weapon used by both sides in the war, and it was
inevitable that there would be collateral damage among civilians.
Apart from whether it was a just war to begin with, this says nothing
against either the Iraqis or the Iranians. Reference the following source: