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Glen Many thanks for your comprehensive reply. Just to correct what you wrote in your last paragraph, I have always believed the culprits to be Iraq as I said in my orginal message at the bottom of this posting. Logic and evidence finger them but even more convincing was the US/UK spin and misinformation from the time. I protested at the time at our Government's position of defending SH and Iraq and find it galling when they now complain about SH's use of CW against civilians. On 8 Jan 2002, at 0:36, Glen Rangwala wrote: > Dear Mark > > So, in summary, either the atrocity at Halabja was carried out by the > Iraqi military against their enemies - with a set of chemical > warfare agents that they had a record of use prior to Halabja, and with > a proven reputation for using chemical weapons in large amounts against > civilians (the mustard gas attacks on Majnun island in September 1984 are > estimated to have killed 40,000 people) - or by the Iranians, against > their own allies and soldiers in an attack using chemicals that there's no > evidence that they ever have had. If you still choose to believe the > latter, you should be aware that the only original report I know of that > supports your position is primarily concerned with maintaining friendly > relations with Iraq for oil and geostrategic reasons, and shows little > understanding of the nature of the chemical agents used in the war. > > I hope this is useful. > > Best regards > Glen. > > > On Mon, 7 Jan 2002 email@example.com wrote: > > > At the time, the Kurds and human rights groups said that it was > > Iraq. The UK & US governments were directly and indirectly > > blaming Iran and shifting the blame away from Iraq. Again at the > > time, I took this to be 'proof' of Iraq's guilt as the US/UK were > > strongly supporting SH. > > > > It would be interesting to know the truth rather than the US/UK spin > > and misinformation from the time. > > > > Mark Parkinson Mark Parkinson Bodmin Cornwall ------- End of forwarded message ------- Mark Parkinson Bodmin Cornwall -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email firstname.lastname@example.org CASI's website - www.casi.org.uk - includes an archive of all postings.