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When the US helped Iraq use nerve gas

August 27, 2013

Recently released CIA documents confirm what long has been suspected about the extent of the Reagan administration’s help of Saddam Hussein against Iran. Foreign Policy has the details:

In 1988, during the waning days of Iraq’s war with Iran, the United States learned through satellite imagery that Iran was about to gain a major strategic advantage by exploiting a hole in Iraqi defenses. U.S. intelligence officials conveyed the location of the Iranian troops to Iraq, fully aware that Hussein’s military would attack with chemical weapons, including sarin, a lethal nerve agent.

So if human decency requires us to strike against Assad for his use of chemical weapons, does it not also require us to investigate those administration officials still living, who were complicit in Saddam Hussein’s gas attacks?

Follow-up: Noah Millman and Daniel Larison point out that the US reasonably frame a strike against Assad as enforcing international law against chemical weapons, without some sort of international process.

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  1. Laura permalink
    August 27, 2013 9:06 am

    Well, of course, Russell, but who be for human decency in American Foreign Policy? I’m not holding my breath. You know… the health of the market is much more important… Those complicit in the torture and killings of the ’70s in South America shall be buried with high honors in this country… like Kissinger.

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