- Posted June 14, 2013 by
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Syria? Redline? Did the US Give Syria's Assad The Sarin Gas?
Where did Syria's leader get the sarin gas he used on his people? Are we so ready to go to war again, without all the facts?
Yes, Assad is supposed to have used chemical weapons against his people. Tests have confirmed that he has- tests conducted by U.S. and scientists in Great Britain.
While I see Assad as a murderer and have reported on this before, who gave him the gas he used?
We gave Saddam Hussein gas and the means to produce biological weapons.
But that was when Saddam was 'our guy'. He used chemical weapons on his people and the US said little because we used him to fight a proxy war with Iran after we caused a coup in that country in 1953.
There's a long history of US interference in the Middle East.
President Bush Jr. waited for months before launching our attack on Iraq. Saddam Hussein had plenty of time to move the chemical and biological weapons we had given him to Syria before we attacked.
The US knows this.
Where is WikiLeaks when we need them?
Oh! They've been shut down.
Now we hear from our government that we need to go to another war. We need the truth about how this mess has happened and who is truly responsible for the civilian deaths by chemical weapons in Syria.
"The U.S. intelligence community has uncovered strong evidence that chemical weapons have been used in Syria. Several blood samples, taken from multiple people, have tested positive for the nerve agent sarin, an American intelligence source tells Danger Room. President Obama has long said that the use of such a weapon by the Assad regime would cross a “red line.” So now the question becomes: What will the White House do in response? "
"The Halabja poison gas attack, also known as Halabja massacre or Bloody Friday, was a genocidal massacre against the Kurdish people that took place on March 16, 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 Southern Kurdistan.
The attack killed between 3,200 and 5,000 people, and injured around 7,000 to 10,000 more, most of them civilians; thousands more died of complications, diseases, and birth defects in the years after the attack.
The incident, which has been officially defined as an act of genocide against the Kurdish people in Iraq, was and still remains the largest chemical weapons attack directed against a civilian-populated area in history.
It is believed that Iraqi forces used multiple chemical agents during the attack, including mustard gas and the nerve agents sarin, tabun and VX.
The know-how and material for developing chemical weapons were obtained by Saddam's regime from foreign sources. "
"United States support for Iraq during the Iran–Iraq War, against post-revolutionary Iran, included several billion dollars worth of economic aid, the sale of dual-use technology, non-U.S. origin weaponry, military intelligence, Special Operations training, and direct involvement in warfare against Iran.
Ted Koppel reported on ABC's Nightline,
"It is becoming increasingly clear that George Bush, operating largely behind the scenes throughout the 1980s, initiated and supported much of the financing, intelligence, and military help that built Saddam's Iraq into the power it became", and "Reagan/Bush administrations permitted—and frequently encouraged—the flow of money, agricultural credits, dual-use technology, chemicals, and weapons to Iraq."
The United States actively supported the Iraqi war effort by supplying the Iraqis with billions of dollars of credits, by providing U.S. military intelligence and advice to the Iraqis, and by closely monitoring third country arms sales to Iraq to make sure that Iraq had the military weaponry required.
The United States also provided strategic operational advice to the Iraqis to better use their assets in combat.
The CIA, including both CIA Director Casey and Deputy Director Gates, knew of, approved of, and assisted in the sale of non-U.S. origin military weapons, ammunition and vehicles to Iraq.
My notes, memoranda and other documents in my NSC files show or tend to show that the CIA knew of, approved of, and assisted in the sale of non-U.S. origin military weapons, munitions and vehicles to Iraq.
Chemical and biological exports.
Iraq purchased 8 strains of anthrax from the United States in 1985, according to British biological weapons expert David Kelly.
The Iraqi military settled on the American Type Culture Collection strain 14578 as the exclusive strain for use as a biological weapon, according to Charles Duelfer.
On February 9, 1994, Senator Riegle delivered a report -commonly known at the Riegle Report- in which it was stated that "pathogenic (meaning 'disease producing'), toxigenic (meaning 'poisonous'), and other biological research materials were exported to Iraq pursuant to application and licensing by the U.S. Department of Commerce." It added: "These exported biological materials were not attenuated or weakened and were capable of reproduction."
The report then detailed 70 shipments (including Bacillus anthracis) from the United States to Iraqi government agencies over three years, concluding "It was later learned that these microorganisms exported by the United States were identical to those the UN inspectors found and recovered from the Iraqi biological warfare program."
Donald Riegle, Chairman of the Senate committee that authored the aforementioned Riegle Report, said:
U.N. inspectors had identified many United States manufactured items that had been exported from the United States to Iraq under licenses issued by the Department of Commerce, and [established] that these items were used to further Iraq's chemical and nuclear weapons development and its missile delivery system development programs. ... The executive branch of our government approved 771 different export licenses for sale of dual-use technology to Iraq. I think that is a devastating record.
Why did we help Iraq?
So how did Syria's leader Assad get the gas he used to gas the rebels in his country?
We, the US (indirectly ) gave it to him and now we use his use of the gas as a reason for going in?
Assad is a murderer and needs to go. Agreed. But let's get real about the problems the U.S. creates and then has to fix.
Is it any wonder why the US Government, NSA and CIA don't want WikiLeaks, Assange, and Edward Snowden exposing their dirty little secrets to the American people and the World?