In a devastating article in the British newspaper The Independent, Robert Fisk writes that Saddam Hussein, who has just been sentenced to death for his war crimes, committed these crimes when he was “Washington’s best friend in the Arab world.” The US not only knew all about his atrocities, we even supplied the chemical weapons he used against his own people, and against our soldiers in the first Gulf War.

Saddam Hussein has been sentenced to death for using gas against Kurdish villagers, gas which was sold to him by U.S. and British companies prior to 1985. The US also sold Saddam Bacillus anthracis, which produces anthrax; Clostridium botulinum; Histoplasma capsulatum; Brucella melitensis; Clostridium perfringens and Escherichia coli, which is why the president was so sure that he possessed weapons of mass destruction prior to the war.

Because our intelligence gathering system in the mideast had long since become an international joke, we did not know that Saddam had gotten rid of those substances, probably by selling them to Syria or North Korea, or possibly to private parties.

After Saddam gassed thousands of Kurds at Halabja, the CIA suggested to US diplomats in the middle east that they spread the story that Iran had done it. Now Saddam is condemned to death for what he did, and the White House applauds the justice of the sentence.

It is a just sentence, but if our politicians had any shame or any morals left at all, they would accept it in silence, at least, rather than crowing about the fact that our former “best friend in the middle east” has been sentenced to die for committing a crime that we not only made possible, but condoned while it was being committed.

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