AMERICA is going to attack Syria, it seems, and it is going to do it because of gas. As reasons to attack a murderous dictatorship go, punishment for the use of chemical weapons to kill hundreds of civilians isn't a bad one. For anyone inclined to see America as an avenging angel of international justice, however, this fascinating scoop from Shane Harris and Matthew M. Aid at Foreign Policy will come as a bit of a downer. It seems the American government was well aware of the chemical-weapons attacks carried out by Saddam Hussein in the late 1980s, both against the Iranian army and against his own people, and not only did nothing to stop him, but in fact supplied him with the coordinates of Iranian force concentrations in full knowledge that he would use that information to poison them with nerve and mustard gas.
Now, the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) barring nations from possessing chemical arms Continue reading