Iran, Chemical Warfare, and Ronald Reagan


When I was a young full of oats to sow I was told that there was one thing women could not resist, namely two facts followed by a proposition the nature and severity of the proposition depended on a gamble. The gamble was of course how open minded you supposed the woman in question  was. Let me give you an example of how it works

MrMary: It’s raining hard out, and you look like you don’t enjoy your hair getting wet ?
Lady: (smile)
MrMary: Well My umbrella can do a better job of shielding you from the rain Want to accompany me to the train station ? if seems you’re going there as well?
Lady: Sure, why not
MrMary: yeah, I can just in time your smokey eye is getting washed away

Now I am going to present you with two factual events and a crazy proposition, and let me know what you think !

Factual Event # 1

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Victims of what is considered the largest chemical warfare attack ever directed at civilians, by Iraq around Halabja in 1988

 

A review of thousands of declassified government documents and interviews with former policymakers shows that U.S. intelligence and logistical support played a crucial role in shoring up Iraqi defenses against the “human wave” attacks by suicidal Iranian troops. The administrations of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush authorized the sale to Iraq of numerous items that had both military and civilian applications, including poisonous chemicals and deadly biological viruses, such as anthrax and bubonic plague .… According to former U.S. officials, the directive stated that the United States would do “whatever was necessary and legal” to prevent Iraq from losing the war with Iran …  on Nov. 1, 1983, a senior State Department official, Jonathan T. Howe, told Secretary of State George P. Shultz that intelligence reports showed that Iraqi troops were resorting to “almost daily use of CW” against the Iranians.  In 1988, Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein ordered chemical weapons attacks against Kurdish resistance forces, but the relationship with Iraq at the time was deemed too important to rupture over the matter. The United States did not even impose sanctions. Without much apparent irony, two decades later Rumsfeld and other members of the then George W. Bush administration repeatedly cited Hussein’s use of chemical weapons against own people as a justification for invading Iraq

History lesson: When the United States looked the other way on chemical weapons

Factual Event # 2

Royalists Seize Power In Persia 1953
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s parliament gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a bill requiring the government to sue the U.S. for its involvement in the 1953 coup that overthrew the country’s democratically elected prime minister.

In 1953 the United States played a significant role in orchestrating the overthrow of Iran’s popular Prime Minister, Mohammed Massadegh. The Eisenhower Administration believed its actions were justified for strategic reasons; but the coup was clearly a setback for Iran’s political development. And it is easy to see now why many Iranians continue to resent this intervention by America in their internal affairs. Moreover, during the next quarter century, the United States and the West gave sustained backing to the Shah’s regime. Although it did much to develop the country economically, the Shah’s government also brutally repressed political dissent.As President Clinton has said, the United States must bear its fair share of responsibility for the problems that have arisen in U.S.-Iranian relations. Even in more recent years, aspects of U.S. policy towards Iraq, during its conflict with Iran appear now to have been regrettably short-sighted, especially in light our subsequent experiences with Saddam Hussein.

Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Remarks before the American-Iranian Council
March 17, 2000, Washington, D.C.
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
U.S. Department of State

Crazy Proposition

Could it be that the United States is an imperial and neo-colonistic nation that seeks to exploit world wide conflict and matters in such a way as to benefit the interest of a select few Americans ? And with that Said is it feasible that  some people do not in fact hate democracy and the value America stands for but unprovoked past aggressions.

I didnt think so
Good luck with the rain and your thin newspaper

MrMary

Some thoughts if You’re still here

Supposedly MrMary is pessimistic in his outlook on American foreign policy, and that I need to let go of the past which corresponds to 1983,1988, 2000, and the Iraq war we sort of got out from with no collateral damage or dying innocents. I am an American to the core. I am the greatest Patriot of my generation because I feel that I should be honest and accept our past for what it is as ugly as it is.

I have to say that I find  the commentary on Fox news to be a crime against honesty, and by extension the value that we are supposed to but not really represented as a Nation. This peace that aired recently on the Colbert Report wonderfully put the hypocrisy and propaganda exposed by Fox News on Display. I am brought to the words of Chomsky on the Republican Party:

… it [ Republican Party] long ago abandoned any pretence of being a normal parliamentary party. It’s in lock-step service to the very rich and the corporate sector and has a catechism that everyone has to chant in unison, kind of like the old Communist Party. The distinguished conservative commentator, one of the most respected – Norman Ornstein – describes today’s Republican Party as, in his words, “a radical insurgency – ideologically extreme, scornful of facts and compromise, dismissive of its political opposition” – a serious danger to the society, as he points out.

Great Article

 

2 thoughts on “Iran, Chemical Warfare, and Ronald Reagan

  1. I’m in total agreement. We always stick our noses in where they don’t belong. No wonder the rest of the world hates us. We’re trying to force our systems and beliefs on people who may not want them. As for Fox News, I hope a meteor hits their headquarters one day.

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