It was the 1980s. Saddam was America’s puppet in Iraq fighting the Iranians who has just turned into an Islamic state after America’s puppet – The Shaw of Iran – died of cancer. Osama bin Laden was our buddy in Afganastan and the Teliban was know as the MujaHadine Freedom Fighters. Reagan was trading arms for hostages to fund an illegal war against the Sandinista-controlled government of Nicaragua. And now Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfield was makking oil deal with Saddam Hussein. (pictured here)
We now accuse Saddam of gassing his own people and we want to put him on trial for it. And – if he did it – he deserves to die for it. But America gave Saddam the poison gas that he used to hill the Kurd – gas that he was supposed to use to kill Iranians.
Poison gas is illegal under International Law and America making it is illegal. But Americans are above the law – or specifically Republican presidents are above the law – and we make nerve gas and we gave it to Saddam to use to kill people in Iran – which Saddam also did.
So – you see – Republicans interpret the law differently than the rest of the world. It’s OK to gas Iranians – but it’s not OK to gas Kurds. If Saddam if found guilty then i- in my view – his partner Ronald Reagan is also guilty. Reagan gave Saddam poison gas to kill Iranians and Saddam did what Reagan wanted – but he just gassed some Kurds on the side.
Reality is different than American political fiction. Under International Law it’s just as illegal to gas Iranians as it is to gas Kurds and the criminals include everyone who was involved which includes those who supplied Saddam with the gas with instructions to use it.
Reagan is dead now – and beyond the reach of the law. But Reagan was Saddam’s partner in the gassing of the Jurds and a conviction of Saddam is also a conviction of Ronald Reagan – both of whom are criminals of war.