Report: US Authorized Sales of Anthrax, Poisonous Chemicals to Iraq in the
Jerusalem Post Staff - The Jerusalem Post - December 30, 2002
J4JP Prefacing Note: This is the kind of information that Jonathan Pollard
tried desperately to get released to Israel through legal channels, as the US
was committed to do. When he failed to have the information legally
released, in fear for the Israeli lives that might be lost, Pollard himself
warned Israel of Iraq's build up of unconventional weapons of war for use
against Israel. Based on Pollard's warnings, Israel revamped its entire civil
defense program and instituted the use of sealed rooms, gas masks and
atropine injections. Now, in his 18th year of incarceration, Jonathan
Pollard's warnings about the threat posed by Saddam Hussein and his
bloodthirsty regime are coming to public light. On the brink of war in 2002,
both Israel and the US today face an existential threat from Iraq, which the
US was directly involved in creating.
Jerusalem Post - December 30, 2002
The Washington Post reports today that during the 1980s the US
administrations of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush authorized the sale to
Iraq of poisonous chemicals and deadly biological viruses, such as anthrax
and bubonic plague. [The full Washington Post article is on the US - Iraq Complicity Page.]
The supply of such deadly items came during a time when the US was supporting
Iraq's protracted war against Iran, the newspaper writes. It bases the
information on a review of thousands of declassified government documents and
interviews with former policymakers.
"It was a horrible mistake then, but we have got it right now," Kenneth M.
Pollack, a former CIA military analyst and author of "The Threatening Storm,"
which makes the case for war with Iraq, tells the newspaper. "My fellow [CIA]
analysts and I were warning at the time that Hussein was a very nasty
character. We were constantly fighting the State Department."