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US Lying about Halabja: Justifying the Invasion of Iraq

US Lying about Halabja: Justifying the Invasion of Iraq

The central reason for the justification of the war on Iraq by the US administration was not so much the presence of weapons of mass destruction as the 1988 poison gas attack on Kurd civilians in Halabja by the Saddam Hussein regime. However, close scrutiny reveals that the accusations made by the US that the incident was a predetermined military experiment on the Kurds are false and fabricated, deliberately made to meet US policy objectives.

The precise timing of the Azores summit on March 16, 2003 was stated very succinctly by president George Bush: “On this very day 15 years ago, Saddam Hussein launched a chemical weapons attack on the Iraqi village of Halabja. With a single order the Iraqi regime killed thousands of men and women and children, without mercy or without shame. Saddam Hussein has proven he is capable of any crime.” He concluded, “If military force is required, we’ll quickly seek new Security Council resolutions to encourage broad participation in the process of helping the Iraqi people to build a free Iraq”. Failing to get another Security Council resolution to authorise the use of military force, he went ahead anyway. Within four days’ time, US missiles and bombers would be headed towards Baghdad with their devastating and deadly payloads.

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