Member Rara Avis
the ass-end of space
International respect? What's that? Respect from the folks who were lining their pockets with Saddam's money while mouthing empty threats at him for show? How many lives are they responsible for? How many bodies did they find in that one mass grave, 30,000? I'll forego their respect, thank you.
Unbelievable, always pointing fingers elsewhere, whether it's other nations or other parties! How about a look inward for once?
Considering that Reagan's Republicans are directly responsible for Saddam's rise in power, it's hypocritical to cast stones at the international community. Reagan had FULL knowledge of Saddam's use of gas and yet the State Department still dropped Iraq from its list of state sponsors of terrorism in 1982. Internal documents and memos, show that his administration knew full well, but said little, about the gas attacks and continued trade even after until after a UN study on Iraq's gas attacks was released. At least then the US was forced to publicly denounce Iraq.
It didn't stop them from trading with them of course. Trade before and after the public statement included:
US military intelligence on Iran
The approved sale of $200 million worth of UH-1H and MD-500 Defender helicopters to Iraq. Sold under the guise of 'civilian' aircraft, no objections were made as they were easily converted to military use including further gassing of Iranians and Kurds.
Export permits for high tech equipment for weapons programs and advanced weaponry was purchased from other countries with full US knowledge and consent.
Also a memo discovered by the NSA, shows that US policy for the sale of equipment to Iraq's nuclear program also was reviewed and stated "results favor expanding such trade to include Iraqi nuclear entities."
What this 'war' is, and the 'evil' members of the international community understood, was another 'cleanup' war. Another State supported and/or installed regime gone sour. Absolutely nothing has been learned from history.
I know I've said I'm leaving this conversation before, but I really wash my hands of it. Christ, it's an administration's dream come true, exactly what Orwell warned against, blind, unquestioning devotion to the Party. Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Eurasia, Oceania Eastasia/Saddam Hussein or Emmanuel Goldstein doesn't matter. Just serve it steaming and swallow it whole.