USA’s history in providing WMDs [Archives:2003/631/Letters to the Editor]
Concerning the editorial of the editor published in issue 628, I've got some different questions and answers:
What if Americans' hard-earned tax dollars stopped flowing to poor countries for aid?
Actually, US-Aid is for 95% military-aid and most people would be happy about it.
What if the US feels that it will lose the war so it uses its 21.00-ton mini-nuclear bomb or even full nuclear weapons?
Actually, the US-Government supported Saddam Hussein by developing BC-weapons (for example: anthrax-cultures) in the 80s. Iraq has a lot of US-weapons, because Ronald Reagan supported both side in the Iran-Iraq war.
What if the US wins the war and people start questioning the legitimacy of the US occupation, days month or years later?
I don't believe that Iraq will be democratic.
A short look back in U.S. history (source: Bowling for Columbine, Michael Moore (2002)):
“1953: U.S. overthrows Prime Minister Mossadeq of Iran.
U.S. installed Shah as dictator.
1954: U.S. overthrows democratically-elected President Arbenz of Guatemala.
200,000 civilians killed.
1963: U.S. backs assassination of South Vietnamese President Diem.
1963-75: American military kills 4 million people in Southeast Asia.
September 11, 1973: U.S. stages coup in Chile.
Democratically-elected President Salvador Allende assassinated.
Dictator Augusto Pinochet installed.
5,000 Chileans murdered.
1977: U.S. backs military rulers of El Salvador.
70,000 Salvadorans and four American nuns killed.
1980's: U.S. trained Osama bin Laden and fellow terrorists to kill Soviets.
CIA gives them $ 3 billion.
1981: Reagan administration trains and funds “Contras”
30,000 Nicaraguans die.
1982: U.S. provides billions in aid to Saddam Hussein for weapons to kill Iranians.
1983: White House secretly gives Iran weapons to kill Iraqis.
1989: CIA agent Manuel Noriega (also serving as President of Panama) disobeys orders from Washington.
U.S. invades Panama and removes Noriega.
3,000 Panamanian civilian casualties
1990: Iraq invades Kuwait with weapons from U.S.
1991: U.S. enters Iraq
Bush reinstates dictator of Kuwait.
1998: Clinton bombs “weapons factory” in Sudan.
Factory turns out to be making aspirin.
1991 to present (this means 2002): American planes bomb Iraq on a weekly basis.
U.N. estimates 500,000 Iraqi children die from bombing and sanctions.
2000-01: U.S. gives Taliban-ruled Afghanistan $245 million in “aid”
Sept. 11, 2001: Osama bin Laden uses his expert CIA training to murder 3,000 people”
Hence, I really don't believe that Iraq will be a democratic state after the war.
On which side do you like to stand: On the side of Mass Destruction or on the side of Mass Destruction?