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Thursday, July 02, 2009

Saddam faked WMD's?

The Washington Post is reporting that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein told the FBI before he was executed that he had faked having weapons of mass destruction to deter Iran from attacking him.
Saddam Hussein told an FBI interviewer before he was hanged that he allowed the world to believe he had weapons of mass destruction because he was worried about appearing weak to Iran, according to declassified accounts of the interviews released yesterday. The former Iraqi president also denounced Osama bin Laden as "a zealot" and said he had no dealings with al-Qaeda.

Hussein, in fact, said he felt so vulnerable to the perceived threat from "fanatic" leaders in Tehran that he would have been prepared to seek a "security agreement with the United States to protect [Iraq] from threats in the region."


Hussein, who was often defiant and boastful during the interviews, at one point wistfully acknowledged that he should have permitted the United Nations to witness the destruction of Iraq's weapons stockpile after the 1991 Persian Gulf War.


Hussein's fear of Iran, which he said he considered a greater threat than the United States, featured prominently in the discussion about weapons of mass destruction. Iran and Iraq had fought a grinding eight-year war in the 1980s, and Hussein said he was convinced that Iran was trying to annex southern Iraq -- which is largely Shiite. "Hussein viewed the other countries in the Middle East as weak and could not defend themselves or Iraq from an attack from Iran," Piro recounted in his summary of a June 11, 2004, conversation.

"The threat from Iran was the major factor as to why he did not allow the return of UN inspectors," Piro wrote. "Hussein stated he was more concerned about Iran discovering Iraq's weaknesses and vulnerabilities than the repercussions of the United States for his refusal to allow UN inspectors back into Iraq."

Hussein noted that Iran's weapons capabilities had increased dramatically while Iraq's weapons "had been eliminated by the UN sanctions," and that eventually Iraq would have to reconstitute its weapons to deal with that threat if it could not reach a security agreement with the United States.
Can we call this 'nuclear ambiguity'?

I don't buy it. Saddam knew he was finished and was trying to get history to view him in a more favorable light. The man murdered thousands of his own people and was capable of just about any kind of violence and bloodshed. I don't believe he feared Iran (over which he had an overwhelming advantage at the outset of their war) and I don't believe he wanted to cowtow to the United States the way he described. Sorry, but no.


At 8:07 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Agreed. Saddam wanted to destroy Israel and its a matter of historical record that then Prime Minister Menachem Begin faced down stupid objections at the time from the man who is today Israel's President, Shimon Peres, to destroy Osirak. When it comes to Iran, we're hearing a lot of excuses for not dealing with the threat. All we have is an absence of will. Saddam, thankfully, is history. The mullahs are still here and as much of a danger to Israel's existence as ever. Israel has no choice but to defend itself.

At 9:37 PM, Blogger Alexander Wolfe said...

Sorry, but no.

Yeah. So never mind that we didn't actually find any WMDs, or that it made no sense to invade if he had them. Whatevs.


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