Tuesday 24 September 2002

Debunking Myths

Given the unashamed and blatant Panorama propaganda on BBC1 last night and also the release of the UK government report earlier today, I thought it would be worth illustrating why we cannot trust anything that the "Establishment" ever tells us. I've emailed the Panorama programme (panorama@bbc.co.uk) to inform them that their documentary was less than entirely accurate. I don't expect a reaction but at least the truth is where it needs to be.

This interview will explain how it was NOT Saddam who gassed the Kurds of Halabja; it was the Iranian military and the Kurds were caught in cross-fire NOT deliberately targetted. The interview also covers other relevant issues related to the Middle East. The information comes from someone who has investigated it properly and talked to people involved. I have also made best efforts myself to coroborate the relevant parts of the interview and so far it's easily verifiable on the Internet. The "Halabja Incident" forms the basis for an awful lot of the Western anti-Iraq propaganda, by throwing its veracity into doubt, it casts a shadow over the whole excremental mess.

"Trust me, I have secret intelligence that says Saddam has nukes. I can't tell you where I got that intelligence and I can't let you see it, but trust me, it's really great stuff!" - Mike Rivero

Myths About Israel, Iran-Iraq War, Saddam Debunked by Veteran Journalist

American-born Nita Renfrew went to Israel as an idealistic young liberal who wanted to experience life in a country she believed was a model for the world. What she discovered was not what she expected. It gave her new insights into what the Arab-Israeli conflict was really all about.

In subsequent years, after leaving Israel, Renfrew traveled widely, including a stint as the Spanish correspondent for LeMonde Diplomatique, the well-known French foreign affairs journal. She has been a radio commentator and is the author of Saddam Hussein, an authoritative and objective (but very hard to find) biography of the Iraqi leader.

[In the interview she says:]

There was a battle in Halabja between the Iranian army and the Iraqi army. The mayor of Halabja, who is related to a man I know here in the United States, said that it was the Iranians who dropped the chemical weapons on the village—not the Iraqis—and the Kurds got caught in the cross-fire. It was not done deliberately. One of the indications, he said, is that when the Kurds fled the village, they didn’t flee across the border to Iran, but back into Iraq since the planes were coming from Iran.

Interestingly enough, there is a U.S. Army War College report, by Stephen Pelletier, who headed up the analysis team on the Iran-Iraq war for the United States. He and his co-author based their report on the information that was being continuously gathered by the CIA and the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency during the Iran-Iraq war.

The report said that the Kurds in Halabja had died from cyanigin blood agents. The Iraqis were not known to have any cyanigin blood agents but the Iranians were. So the U.S. Army War College report concluded that the Kurds died from Iranian chemical weapons — not Iraqi chemical weapons. Mr. Pelletier still stands by his report and was recently quoted as saying so in The Village Voice.

Read this interview....

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