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Your point is???? What would you expect the U.S. to do? Shoot themselves in their own foot by cutting off supporting Iraq in the Iran/Iraq War, when, in all probability, it was an accident? That was a big deal back then, the thought of Iran taking over Iraq and being in control of the 2nd largest oil supply in the world. In addition, they would be sharing borders with not only Kuwait but with Saudi Arabia, the worlds largest oil supply, of whome the Iranians did not like -- and the Saudi's feared. --Darin Saibal Mitra wrote: > See here: > > http://coat.ncf.ca/our_magazine/links/issue51/articles/51_32 > .pdf > > > ``17 May 1987: An Iraqi Exocet missile hit a U.S. frigate, > killing 37 sailors. The Reagan administration accepted > Iraq’s apology for this error but the president still > blamed Iran.´´ > > > According to the article US relations with Iraq were almost > as good as US relations with Israel. > > > Quoting Darin Zeilweger <email@example.com>: > >> >> Saddam Hussein was never an 'ally'. >> >> The U.S., in the mid 80's, provided military support to > Iraq so it would >> not lose the war to Iran. In was in our interest to do > so. It was also >> in the worlds interest to do so, too, as the U.S.S.R., > France, and China >> provided military support to, much more so in fact, than > the U.S.A. >> Germany, too, supplied Iraq with chemicals, too. England > supplied Iraq, >> too, but not as much as the rest. >> >> I don't know what specific naval excercise you are > referring to, but our >> Navy ended up going there, that is true, to protect from > Iranian attacks >> on both Iraqi and Kuwaiti shipping -- Oil isn't kool-aid, > ya know. >> >> About 'if Saddam had not invaded Kuwait': No, Saddam > Hussein would >> never have been an ally, even if Halabjah had never > transpired. At >> most, all Iraq would have been, like virtually any other > middle east >> country, is a country to do trade with and with perhaps a > basic level of >> diplomatic relations. >> >> An ally would be a country like France.... or no... > wait... never mind. >> >> >> >> Saibal Mitra wrote: >> > How many Americans know that Saddam used to be a US > ally? >> > That Tariq Aziz met Reagan in the White House and that > the >> > US and Iraq held joint Naval Exercices? >> > >> > How many Americans know that all this changed not > because >> > of the human rights violations by Saddam's regime but >> > because Saddam invaded oil rich Kuwait? >> > >> > Had Saddam not invaded Kuwait, he would probably be a US >> > ally in the war against terror. >> > >> > >> > Quoting Darin Zeilweger <firstname.lastname@example.org>: >> > >> >> Tuesday, April 14, 2003 >> >> In Defense of Fast Food >> >>...... The pacifists are clearly not concerned about > Iraqi >> > civilians. They did >> >> not care about the millions who died under Saddam’s >> > brutal regime, and >> >> they do not wish to bring Iraqis the values that > brought >> > the Western >> >> world out of the Dark Ages and into the light of > liberty >> > and prosperity. >> >> They volunteered as human shields to protect Saddam’s >> > weapons factories, >> >> but they now wish for Americans to get out of Iraq >> > without restoring >> >> order or reconstruction by turning over Iraq to the >> > incompetent and >> >> corrupt hands of the UN. Now that they have failed to >> > keep the United >> >> States from asserting the right to its own existence >> > (albeit weakly), >> >> they seek to prevent the United States from asserting > the >> > values that >> >> give us the right to that existence. Having failed to >> > save the Iraqi >> >> dictator, they seek to save the values that created > him. >> > They claim that >> >> all cultures are equal, that even the claim that > freedom >> > is better than >> >> slavery, prosperity is better than poverty, and life is >> > better than >> >> living death amounts to ethnocentric imperialism and >> > racism. It is not >> >> fast food that these peaceniks oppose, but civilization >> > and life – as it >> >> should be lived. They have made their stance clear. Let >> > us now make ours. >> >> >> >> David Veksler >> >> College Station, Texas >> >> >> >> >> >> _______________________________________________ >> >> Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against >> > Sanctions on Iraq. >> >> To unsubscribe, visit >> >> http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss >> >> To contact the list manager, email casi-discuss- >> > email@example.com >> >> All postings are archived on CASI's website: >> > http://www.casi.org.uk >> >> >> > >> > >> > >> > >> > -- >> > > ____________________________________________________________ > _________ >> > Snel en voordelig ADSL nu voor iedereen bereikbaar. >> > Zon Breedband Budget vanaf EUR 14,95 per maand met > ZonTel. >> > Nu tijdelijk geen aansluitkosten. 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