[SPORK] Something I REALLY want John Hall to Try To Understand
Wed, 26 Mar 2003 10:56:27 -0800
From: Elias Sinderson
> For example, in case anyone missed the news, it was the US who sold =
> majority of their chem/bio stockpiles in the first place and Rumsfeld =
> secretary of state) who approved the deal under the Reagan =
I have done research on this claim (because I didn't know too much about =
and have come to the conclusion that it is, in a word, bullshit. Much =
has been made about this, but if you look into it the claim dissolves =
so much spin and rather excessive stretching of the truth.
Bio: The only "bio-weapons" we gave to Saddam Hussein were standard
bacterial cultures that we give to *everybody*. They were standard
scientific cultures that are sold throughout the world for scientific =
medical research. Your local college probably has the same culture set.
And if they were really interested, they could have always made their =
cultures. No "stockpiles" and no bio-weapons were sold. =20
Chem: As far as I can tell, the US never gave Iraq any chemical =
We knew they were using them and gave them targetting intelligence, but =
is a very far cry from "selling them the majority of their stockpiles". =
sold some Iraqi companies "precursors", but as most chemists will tell =
chemical weapons are not high science and the so-called precursors we =
them have a multitude of legitimate uses. Ammonia, formaldehyde, and =
acid are the essential precursors for plastic explosives, but I'm not =
to give anyone a second thought if they buy any or all of these =
There are too many other reasonable uses. "Chemical precursors" is =
always a very weak excuse to accuse anyone of anything; I strongly =
it when law enforcement acts like this is some kind of heavy =
evidence. If we'd actually sold them chemical weapons or applications
specific chemicals (i.e. complex chemicals with no other use), you might
have a point. But this does not appear to be the case.
It appears that the only case that CAN be made is that we knew about =
chemical weapons program for a long time and their use of chemical =
in general. But that isn't a surprise to anybody.