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Submitted by Wild Wild West (Sweden), Mar 8, 2006 at 06:38

Who gave Saddam all the power and weapons ?

Saddam was a product of the Ba'athist Party, which the CIA helped bring to power. The CIA officer in charge of the operation described it as "my favourite coup". During the 1980s, America and Britain supplied Saddam Hussein with every weapon he wanted, often secretly and illegally. The relationship was known cynically in Washington as "the love affair".

When Blair and Bush refered to Saddam "using chemical weapons against his own people", specifically the Kurdish village of Halabja in 1988, they never explained that Britain and America were accomplices.
Not only did both governments secretly and illegally approved the sale of chemical weapons' agents, officials in Washington and Whitehall tried to cover up the Halabja atrocity, with the Americans even faking a story that Iran was responsible.

And while the gassing was going on, Saddam was being congratulated on his wise leadership by David Mellor, a UK Foreign Office minister, whose turn it was to sit at the feet of the dictator. Almost as a reward, the Thatcher governments gave Saddam £340million of British taxpayers' money in export credits. When Bush and Blair called Saddam "a threat to his neighbours", they never mentioned that George Bush Senior, as head of the CIA and later President, pushed Iraq to attack Iran and supplied crucial intelligence to the Iraqi military that ensured the war went on for eight years. The result was millions of dollars in profits for American and British arms firms, and a million young men dead on both sides.

So, JustMe, Saddam was not an elected leader of the Iraqi people. Saddam was a great buddy of YOUR leaders.

And Sword, instead of wasting time on imaginary future Muslim invasions, go read something about the past, present and future of Western invasions around the globe. Don't ask Muslims to answer to all of your questions. Go and read history books and seach googles- all information are available there.

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