"COLIN POWELL IN IRAQ.
EXPLOITING THE DEAD OF HALABJA"
the September 20, 2003 issue of COUNTERPUNCH, Kurt NIMMO
explain how the US governement make exploitation of the dead
of Halabja, this Kurdish town so-called “destroied by
chemical weapons by Saddam Hussein” in 1988.
the anti Saddam tone of this article, He confirm the
informations given by the “Iraqi Committees” on this
september 15 about the “Halabja hoax” !
“Colin Powell in Iraq
Exploiting the Dead of Halabja”
By KURT NIMMO - CounterPunch
The Bushites love to visit the mass graves in Halabja. That's
where about 7,000 Kurds died after a chemical weapons attack.
"I can't tell you that Saddam Hussein was a murderous
tyrant -- you know that," said Colin Powell with prosaic
certainty. "What I can tell you is that what happen here
in 1988 is never going to happen again."
Photo ops with disentombed corpses aside, Powell also
didn't bother to mention that people connected to the US
government at the time of the Halabja massacre believe Iran,
not Iraq, committed the atrocity. "We cannot say
with any certainty that Iraqi chemical weapons killed the
Kurds," insisted Stephen C. Pelletiere a few months
ago in the New York Times. "I am in a position to know
because, as the Central Intelligence Agency's senior political
analyst on Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war, and as a professor
at the Army War College from 1988 to 2000, I was privy to much
of the classified material that flowed through Washington
having to do with the Persian Gulf. In addition, I headed a
1991 Army investigation into how the Iraqis would fight a war
against the United States; the classified version of the
report went into great detail on the Halabja affair."
In fact, that was the idea -- to not only sit back while the
Iranians and Iraqis killed each other off in huge numbers,
but actively arm both sides.
This is nonsense, of course -- the US policy was to make sure
Iran and Iraq killed each other off in record numbers.
Estimates of the number of dead range up to 1.5 million.
Israel's often-stated policy on the Gulf war is to keep it
going as long as possible because the dreadful carnage ties up
the combatants and prevents either from attacking Israel."
After all, millions of Americans think Saddam is Osama, Saddam
is responsible for the horrific events of 9/11, and the US
found tons of chemical and biological weapons in Iraq. Colin
Powell, standing before the headstones of Halabja, can easily
perpetuate the outlandish myths and brazen lies that drive the
Bush Doctrine of Total War forward in the Middle East, as the
Likudite neocons deem necessary.
macabre stop at the mass graves of Halabja was stage managed
to counter criticism over the United States' failure to find
Saddam's illusory caches of chemical and biological weapons.
"What happened over the intervening 15 years?"
Powell asked rhetorically, referencing the period since the
Halabja attack. "Did he suddenly lose the
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