Did Saddam Hussein Gas His Own People?
The US Army War College conducted an investigation and concluded based on the specific gas weapon used that it was Iran, not Iraq that gassed the Kurds.
The Pentagon issued a report that said that both sides used chemical weapons, thinking they were targeting the enemy, there was no evidence that it was the Iraqis. Iraq was not believed to have cyanide gas, whereas, it was known that Iran did.
This article states that at one time "British planes gassed and bombed Kurdish villages in Iraq in order to enforce the borders they wanted. "I do not understand this squeamishness about the use of gas," wrote Britain's war secretary at the time, Winston Churchill. "I am strongly in favor of using poisoned gas against uncivilized tribes.... [W]e cannot in any circumstances acquiesce in the non-utilization of any weapons which are available to procure a speedy termination of the disorder which prevails on the frontier." Meanwhile the Turkish government brutally repressed its own Kurdish population, denying them freedom of language and culture. Although this violated the peace treaty, the Western powers supported the Turks who were seen as a vital ally in preventing the spread of the Russian Revolution"
I'm not saying Saddam is a saint, or that he wasn't brutal but look at these facts:
-Estimates of the number of innocents who have died in Iraq from American-dictated UN sanctions range between 1-1.7 million, including more than half-a-million children.
-An article in The New England Journal of Medicine, assessed that more than 46,900 children died between January and August 1991.
-UNICEF official Thomas Ekfal estimates that about 500,000 children have died in Iraq since the United Nations Security Council imposed economic sanctions on Baghdad.
I don't know who gassed the Kurds. I don't know what the truth is anymore about anything when it comes to the Middle East. But things don't look so good on our side either. What do you think?