Syria Chemical materials and gas masks 370.
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When a government uses weapons of mass destruction on its own people, and also
threatens other states, there should be no dilemma between security and
We saw that with Hitler. We saw it with Saddam Hussein. They
used massively lethal weapons on civilians and the international community went
to war against them.
We know of the huge public backlash when WMDs were
not found in Iraq, but we also know they were used by the Iraqi dictator against
the Kurds. Perhaps they were smuggled across the border into the unsafe keeping
of Saddam’s ally, Hafez Assad, and have now been used by his son, Bashar Assad?
Some intelligence figures suspect – or know – that this is where the missing
Iraqi WMDs ended up.
George Mason University published “Did the US supply
Saddam with Biological Weapons in the 1980s?” The report included this damning
sentence: “Rumsfeld should have trouble sleeping at night given his role in
abetting Saddam’s crimes.” Donald Rumsfeld was US defense secretary when Saddam
was America’s bad guy against the Iranians back in the 80s.
Did the US
supply the Iraqi dictator with weapons of mass destruction? The Internationalist
in May 2003 thought so.
In its article, “The Great Chemical Weapons
Hoax,” both Monsanto and Dow Chemicals were implicated regarding Saddam’s
receipt of the materials needed to produce the deadly weapons he used against
Many suspect the desperate hunt for WMD in Iraq was based on
the certain knowledge that both America and Britain had covertly provided the
rampant dictator of Baghdad with the technology and the materials to wage
illegal acts of war against civilians.
Is this the reason that Jonathan
Pollard continues to rot in isolation? Could he have provided Israel with the
information that now keeps him from obtaining a freedom long overdue to
prisoners who have shared intelligence with an American ally? Is this the secret
that dare not speak its name? In all cases, the free world failed to recognize
and name the perpetrators as their enemy until much too late. In all cases, the
free world chose to appease and delay action until conditions became infinitely
As Hitler’s troops were massacring Jews and marching into Poland,
America said, “It’s not our fight.”
In 1940, after Nazi Germany was
already occupying Poland and Czechoslovakia, presidential candidate Roosevelt
said, “I will not allow our boys to fight in a foreign war,” and got himself
elected with this slogan.
It was only in 1941, after Japan attacked US
ships in Pearl Harbor, which Roosevelt described as “an act of infamy,” that
American woke up to the moral cause of World War II. By that time Germany had
reached Moscow and the French coast.
THE USE of chemical weapons by
Saddam Hussein against the Kurds in Halabja did nothing to encourage America and
its allies to step in on the basis of morality and the serious breach of
international law that the use of chemical weapons on civilians represented.
Saddam had to march into Kuwait and threaten American interests in Saudi Arabia
before president Bush Sr. rushed his forces in to stop him. Morality and
humanitarian causes be damned, it seems, when others are being slaughtered with
weapons of mass destruction.
One can thus assume the West will only act
against Syria, or even Iran, after America itself has been targeted for death
and destruction, and not before. Deterrence, it seems, is no longer a factor or
a strategic option for the West.
This clearly applies to Iran. We see it
with Iran as it races to the ultimate weapon of mass destruction. We are
beginning to see the West being hypnotized by the upcoming charm offensive from
the new Iranian leadership. Iran now hints at closing its Fordow nuclear plant,
and the West thinks Iranian President Hassan Rohani is a person they can do
business with. Meanwhile, progress continues to be made in the numerous hidden
facilities spread across the huge country that is Iran.
With a strategic
policy of appeasement and wishful thinking, the West will fall in love with nice
words and empty promises, rather than hold Iran’s feet to the
Viewers of Fox News TV recently saw an Iranian “expert” claim the
new Iranian regime wants to be allied with America.
Give us a break; this
is but a prelude to the hoax to come.
The leadership in Tehran has an
It is tinged by the involvement of the West both for, and later
against, their one-time enemy Saddam Hussein. They have long memories. They need
revenge for the West’s treacherous acts against them. They have an account to
They are also boosted by the perceived impotence of the West
against their ally and proxy in Damascus. They have a burning religious yearning
to spread their message, but need to dominate the region in which they operate
before launching their crusade globally.
Israel is the sacrificial lamb.
Israel is to be the target for elimination. A display of omnipotent power that
destroys the Jewish state will bring the weaker Sunni states to heel and advance
the arrival of the Mahdi.
For them, the stage is almost ready for the
great event to come.
Time is of the essence, but the West is about to be
seduced. Meanwhile, Iran’s centrifuges keep spinning as Rohani smiles his way to
The writer is the special consultant on delegitimization issues
to the Strategic Dialogue Center at Netanya Academic College. He is the author
of Israel Reclaiming the Narrative.