Halabja and America’s Support for Using Chemical Weapons Against Iran

Halabja and America’s Support for Using Chemical Weapons Against Iran

SOURCE: http://goingtotehran.com/halabja-and-americas-support-for-using-chemical-weapons-against-iran


by Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett

As Americans and others around the world note the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq (the American military commenced hostilities on March 20, 2003), it is equally appropriate to recall another anniversary connected to wars of aggression in the Middle East—the 25thanniversary of Iraqi chemical weapons attacks against the town of Halabja, in Iraqi Kurdistan (on March 16, 1988).  For those who want to appreciate what happened at Halabja—and the context in which it happened—we highly recommend a post by Jean-Pascal Zanders, Senior Fellow at the European Union Institute for Security Studies, on Dan Joyner’s excellentArmsControlLaw.com.  We append a substantial excerpt from Zander’s excellent post below but highly recommend reading it in its entirety, see here.

Halabja marked something of a turning point in the United States’ scandalous support for Saddam Husayn’s war of aggression against the Islamic Republic—including his use of chemical weapons against civilian as well as military targets.  Ever since the Iraqi military had started using chemical weapons in 1982 and Iran had started complaining about it to the United Nations Security Council, the United States had blocked any Security Council action on the matter.  As we recount in Going to Tehran, UN Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar, acting on his own (because the Security Council wouldn’t support him), sent six fact-finding teams to investigate Iraq’s use of chemical weapons between 1984 and 1988.  Their reports consistently confirmed Iran’s charges—and just as consistently, the United States refused to let the Council act.  As then Secretary of State George Shultz later explained, Washington blocked international pressure on Iraq to stop using chemical weapons because “you don’t want Iran to win the war.”  Continue Reading

When the US endorsed the use of chemical weapons

When the US endorsed the use of chemical weapons

SOURCE: http://www.david-morrison.org.uk/iran/us-chemical-weapons.htm

At this time when President Obama has declared the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime to be a US “red line”, with dire (though unspecified) consequences for the regime, it is appropriate to recall a time when the US endorsed the use of chemical weapons and took the lead in blocking Security Council condemnation of their use.

Here, we are not talking about a few instances of use in small amounts (which the US and others allege has already happened in Syria) but systematic use as an integral part of military operations carried out over several years against both military and civilian targets.

We are, of course, talking about Iraq’s use of chemical weapons in its aggression against Iran from 1980-88 and US support for Iraq in that aggression in order to prevent an Iranian victory.

To remind readers of the extent of this support, I reproduce in the Annex below an extract from Richard Clarke’s book Against All Enemies.  He worked in the US State Department at the time and played a part in drawing up US options “to prevent an Iraqi defeat” (and later worked in President Clinton’s White House as his anti-terrorism chief).

Supreme Leader forbad use of chemical weapons

Iraq’s use of chemical weapons against Iran in the 1980s is worth recalling for another reason as well – for the fact that Iran didn’t retaliate in kind, even though it had the capacity to do and the Iranian military leadership wanted to do so.  It didn’t do so because the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, forbad the use of chemical weapons as a violation of Islamic law.  Continue Reading

America’s “War Party” and the Myth of Iranian “Irrationality” (Khomeini and Chemical Weapon)

America’s “War Party” and the Myth of Iranian “Irrationality”

SOURCE: http://www.raceforiran.com/americas-war-party-and-the-myth-of-iranian-irrationality

by Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett

Speaking with Antiwar Radio’s Scott Horton earlier this week (listen to podcast here) about our forthcoming book, see here, Flynt took on widespread stereotypes in American discourse about Shi’a Islam as a martyrdom-obsessed, death-seeking, and “irrational” culture that makes the Islamic Republic of Iran a threatening and dangerous actor on par with Hitler’s Reich.  He confessed that “I’m reaching a stage where I don’t know whether to laugh or cry when [I hear that sort of thing from] people who I don’t think know very much about Shi’a Islam, don’t know very much about Iran, haven’t spent a lot of time, I would suspect, talking about Shi’a Islam with people who believe it, live it, think about it.”  But, evoking a major theme in Going to Tehran:  Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran, he rejoins,

“Just look at the historical record.  The Islamic Republic has never used weapons of mass destruction.  In its war with Iraq—when the United States, among others, was supporting Saddam Husayn in an eight-year war of aggression against the new Islamic Republic—Ayatollah Khomeini’s own military leaders came to him and said, ‘We inherited the ability to produce chemical weapons agent from the Shah.  We need to do that and weaponize it so that we can respond in kind.  We have tens of thousands of our people, soldiers and civilians, who are being killed in Iraqi chemical weapons attacks.  We need to be able to respond in kind.”  And Imam Khomeini said, ‘No, because this would violate Islamic morality, because it is haram—it is forbidden by God—to do this, and the Islamic Republic of Iran will not do this.’  Imam Khomeini and his successor, Ayatollah Khamenei, have said repeatedly, over years, that the acquisition or use of nuclear weapons would also violate God’s law; Khamenei has said that to do it would be a ‘big sin.’  This is not the rhetoric of people who are out to bring the apocalypse down upon everyone else and themselves

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Jendral (pur.) Wesley Clark: AS Berencana Menggulingkan Tujuh Negara Muslim

Dalam wawancarnya dengan Amy Goodman dari “Democracy Now”  Jendral (pur.) Wesley Clark, mantan Panglima Tertinggi Pasukan Gabungan NATO di Kosovo (1997-2000), bersaksi bahwa AS berencana menggulingkan tujuh negara  yaitu Irak, Suriah, Libanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, dan Iran, sebagian sudah jatuh seperti libya, Irak, Saddam Husin Sudah digulingkan tapi Irak masih terus di obok-obok dan di acak-acak… Suriah perang masih berkepanjangan diluar jadwal mereka yang di target 6 bulan rezim jatuh..  dan akhir dari sekenario ini adalah Iran. Dengan segala cara Amerika lakukan ini, jika tidak bisa terjun langsung maka dipakailah boneka mereka rezim-rezim korup diktator di Timur Tengah seperti Arab Saudi, Qatar, Jordan dll. dibawah video wawancara dan transkip wawancara tersebut:


Dibawah transkip wawancara 

“We’re going to take out seven countries in 5 years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran” –

991209-D-9880W-022 Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Wesley Clark, U.S. Army, briefs reporters on the status of the NATO-led, international peacekeeping operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Pentagon on Dec. 9, 1999.  The first U.S. peacekeepers entered the war-ravaged country five years ago this month in an effort to stop the ethnic killings and prevent further deterioration of the region's infrastructure.  DoD photo by R. D. Ward.  (Released)

Supreme Allied Commander of NATO during 1999 War on Yugoslavia. Gen. Wesley Clark, U.S. Army

General Wesley Clark. Retired 4-star U.S. Army general, Supreme Allied
Commander of NATO during the 1999 War on Yugoslavia .

Gen. Wesley Clark Weighs Presidential Bid: “I Think About It Everyday”

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Today we spend the hour with General Wesley Clark, the retired four-star general. He was the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO during the Kosovo War. In 2004 he unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic presidential nomination. He recently edited a series of books about famous U.S. generals including Dwight Eisenhower and Ulysses Grant – both of whom became president after their military careers ended.

Well for the rest of the hour we are going to hear General Wesley Clark on the possibility of a U.S. attack on Iran, the impeachment of President Bush, the use of cluster bombs, the bombing of Radio Television Serbia during the Kosovo War and much more. I interviewed Wesley Clark on Tuesday at the 92nd Street Y in New York.  Baca lebih lanjut

Pilot AS: Kami Tidak di Izinkan Bom ISIS

US military pilots complain hands tied in ‘frustrating’ fight against ISIS

SOURCE: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/05/28/us-military-pilots-complain-hands-tied-in-frustrating-fight-against-isis/

Terbukti keterlibatkan AS dalam perang di Suriah dan Irak dengan dalih memerangi teroris terungkap hanyalah sandiwara belaka,  sejatinya mereka membantu para teroris untuk menjatuhkan rezim Bashar Asad di Suriah dan agenda memecah negra Irak menjadi tiga negara, Negra Suni, Syiah dan Kurdi… Demikianlah pengakuan Pilot AS dalam interview dengan Fox TV milik Media Mogul Zionis Rupert Murdoch:

One Navy F-18 pilot who has flown missions against ISIS voiced his frustration to Fox News, saying: “There were times I had groups of ISIS fighters in my sights, but couldn’t get clearance to engage.”

He added, “They probably killed innocent people and spread evil because of my inability to kill them. It was frustrating.”

Seorang pilot tempur F-18 dari angkatan laut Amerika yang telah terbang dalam melakukan misi melawan ISIS menyuarakan rasa frustrasinya kepada Fox News, mengatakan:  “Ada saat-saat kelompok militan ISIS ada dalam pandangan saya, tapi saya tidak bisa mendapatkan izin untuk terlibat,”

Dia menambahkan, “Mereka (militan ISIS) mungkin membunuh orang yang tidak bersalah dan menebar kejahatan karena ketidakmampuan saya untuk membunuh mereka. Itu membuat saya frustrasi,” lanjut dia, yang dilansir Fox News pada Kamis (28/5/2015).

Lengkapnya baca laporan Fox News Dibawah ini:  Baca lebih lanjut

Sandiwara Koalisi AS di Paris “Tumpas Teroris”

Sandiwara Koalisi AS di Paris “Tumpas Teroris”

SUMBER: http://arrahmahnews.com/2015/06/05/sandiwara-koalisi-as-di-paris-tumpas-teroris/

Arrahmahnews.com – Pertemuan luar biasa koalisi anti-ISIS, yang terbungkus rapi Selasa lalu di Paris adalah hal yang “ekstra” dan “biasa”.
 sandiwara_koalisi_asLebih dari 20 negara bersama Amerika Serikat dan kroni regionalnya menaksir pendekatan dan strategi mereka untuk mengalahkan kelompok teroris. Sebaliknya, PM Iraq Haider Al Abadi menggebrak dengan menyalahkan kurangnya dukungan koalisi terhadap militer Iraq, bahkan sikap koalisi lebih menguntunkan teroris ISIL, hingga kejutan pengambil alihan Ramadi.

PM Iraq menyatakan kekuatan dunia telah gagal di Iraq, kampanye pemboman udara yang dilakukan koalisi tidak maskimal, intelijen, pengawasan dan pengintaian tidak dilakukan. Sedangkan Iraq membutuhkan dukungan dari dunia tetapi kita tidak mendapatkan itu. Dengan kata lain, aliansi pimpinan AS telah gagal di Iraq.  Baca lebih lanjut

PM Iraq Bantah Klaim Deputi Menlu AS “Blinken” yang Bunuh 10.000 ISIS

PM Iraq Bantah Klaim Deputi Menlu AS “Blinken” yang Bunuh 10.000 ISIS

SUMBER: http://arrahmahnews.com/2015/06/05/pm-iraq-bantah-klaim-deputi-menlu-as-blinken-yang-bunuh-10-000-isis/


Deputi Menteri Luar Negeri Amerika Serikat, Tony Blinken mengklaim koalisi yang dipimpin oleh Amerika Serikat telah membunuh lebih dari 10.000 anggota ISIS sejak resmi menggelar kampanye melawan kelompok ekstrem itu sembilan bulan yang lalu, CNN melaporkan.

Klaim Blinken datang dalam sebuah wawancara dengan radio France Inter usai jumpa pers di Paris, Perancis, pada Selasa, 2 Juni lalu, saat negara Barat dan Timur Tengah yang tergabung dalam koalisi melawan ISIS bertemu.

BlinkenArrahmahnews.com – Sementara itu, PM Iraq menuduh koalisi internasional yang memerangi ISIS tidak berbuat cukup dalam mengatasi kelompok jihadis itu, dan menyatakan anggota koalisi seperti Arab Saudi belum menghentikan aliran pejuang asing ke Iraq.

Haidar Abadi mengeluarkan pernyataan ini ketika negara-negara Barat dan Timur Tengah yang bergabung dalam koalisi itu bertemu di Paris pada Selasa (2/6).  Baca lebih lanjut

Mesir Bersihkan Masjid dan Perpustakan dari Buku-Buku Wahabi

Mesir Bersihkan Masjid dan Perpustakan dari Buku-Buku Wahabi

SUMBER: http://arrahmahnews.com/2015/06/27/mesir-bersihkan-masjid-dan-perpustakan-dari-buku-buku-wahabi/

Arrahmahnews.com – Kementerian Wakaf (Kementerian Agama) Mesir lakukan pemeriksaan di sejumlah masjid di Kairo. Dari pemeriksaan tersebut pemerintah menyita buku-buku yang berbau gerakan Salafi, terutama buku-buku yang ditulis oleh; Muhammad bin Abdul Wahab, Ibn Baz, Ibn Utsaimin, Ibn Taimiyah, Said Abdul ‘Adhim, Abdul Latif Mustahri, Abu Ishaq al-Huwaini, Mohammed Hussein Yacoub, dan Mohammed Hassan.

Surat kabar al-Watan pada hari Kamis (25/6), mengatakan bahwa penyitaan buku-buku ini datang setelah sebelumnya pemerintah melakukan penyitaan ratusan buku, kaset dan CD dari masjid “Ummahat Mukminiin”, dan masjid “Tauhid” di BarMasis dan Basbara.  Baca lebih lanjut



SUMBER: http://www.salafynews.com/2015/06/kuwait-hentikan-siaran-televisi-wesal-pasca-serangan-bom/


Salafynews.com, – Paska serangan teroris di masjid imam Shadiq pada Jum’at 26/6, Kementerian Komunikasi dan Informasi Kuwait hentikan siaran televisi al-Wesal milik Saudi.


Kantor berita al-Alam News melaporkan koran al-Watan Kuwait menukil dari Kementerian Komunikasi dan Informasi mengumumkan bahwa penutupan televisi al-Wesal terkait insiden pemboman di masjid imam Shadiq, yang menimbulkan 27 korban jiwa dan melukai 200 lainnya.  Baca lebih lanjut

80 Masjid Wahabi (Salafy) Ditutup Pemerintah Tunisia

80 Masjid Wahabi Ditutup Pemerintah Tunisia

SUMBER: http://arrahmahnews.com/2015/06/27/80-masjid-wahabi-ditutup-pemerintah-tunisia/

Arrahmahnews.com – Pemerintah Tunisia berencana menutup sekitar 80 masjid yang diduga kerap menghasut dan memicu kekerasan. Langkah ini dilakukan pemerintah sebagai upaya kontraterorisme setelah serangan penembakan di hotel tepi pantai di kawasan pantai wisata di Sousse, Tunisia pada Jumat (26/6).

Reuters melaporkan bahwa Perdana Menteri Habib Essid menyatakan bahwa selain memicu kekerasan, terdapat dugaan puluhan masjid tersebut ikut mendanai sejumlah kelompok militan setempat.  Baca lebih lanjut

39 Orang Termasuk 5 Warga Inggris Menjadi Korban Serangan Teroris Tunisia

39 Orang Termasuk 5 Warga Inggris Menjadi Korban Serangan Teroris Tunisia

SUMBER: http://liputanislam.com/berita/39-orang-termasuk-5-warga-inggris-menjadi-korban-serangan-teroris-tunisia/

Tunis, LiputanIslam.com — Sejumlah negara Timur Tengah termasuk Marokko, Yordania, Lebanon, Uni Emirat Arab dan Bahrain, hari Jumat (26/6) mengutuk keras serangan terhadap hotel di Sousse, Tunisia, yang menewaskan setidaknya 39 orang dan melukai 36 orang pada hari itu.


Kota Sousse, 140 kilometer di sebelah selatan Ibu Kota Tunisia, Tunis, adalah objek wisata paling terkenal di negeri tersebut. Sejak revolusi ‘Arab Spring’, ada satu upaya serangan teror di luar satu hotel di wilayah itu.

“Kerajaan Marokko menyampaikan solidaritasnya kepada negara Tunisia, menyampaikan belasungkawa setulus hati dan rasa sayang sepenuh hati kepada keluarga korban, dan mendoakan kesembuhan cepat korban cedera,” kata Kementerian Urusan Luar Negeri Marokko di dalam satu pernyataan.  Baca lebih lanjut

Teroris Pelaku Pemboman Masjid Syiah Kuwait Salafy Wahabi Asal Saudi

Ini Dia Pelaku Bom Bunuh Diri Asal Saudi “Wahabi”

SUMBER: http://arrahmahnews.com/2015/06/26/ini-dia-pelaku-bom-bunuh-diri-asal-saudi-wahabi/ 

Arrahmahnews.com – Gerakan Salafy Wahabi Takfiri mengklaim berada di balik aksi bom bunuh diri yang menghancurkan sebuah masjid Syiah di Kuwait, sesaat setelah usai sholat Jumat. Hingga kini otoritas Kuwait merilis 25 orang syahid dalam serangan tersebut, dan 200 lainnya luka-luka.


Kelompok militan wahabi takfiri Arab Saudi (Badui Najd) yang berafiliasi dengan ISIS mengatakan seorang anggotanya Abu Suleiman al-Muwahhid adalah pelaku aksi bom bunuh diri di Kuwait itu.  Baca lebih lanjut

Bom Bunuh Diri Guncang Masjid Syiah Kuwait Saat Sholat Jum’at

Bom Bunuh Diri Guncang Masjid Syiah Kuwait Saat Sholat Jum’at

SUMBER: http://arrahmahnews.com/2015/06/26/bom-bunuh-diri-guncang-masjid-syiah-kuwait-saat-sholat-jumat/

Arrahmahnews.com – Kuwait News Agency melaporkan telah terjadi serangan bom bunuh diri di masjid Imam Shadiq as, di distrik al-Sawabir dekat ibukota Kuwait.


Sumber setempat mengatakan ledakan bom terjadi sesaat setelah shalat jumat usai. Serangan itu, setidaknya telah menewaskan 7 orang dan melukai 30 orang lainnya, dan kemungkinan jumlah korban akan terus bertambah.  Baca lebih lanjut



SUMBER: http://www.salafynews.com/2015/05/lagi-ledakan-bom-bunuh-diri-di-masjid-imam-husin-dammam-saudi/


Sumber-sumber setempat hingga kini belum merilis rincian peristiwa tersebut, dan jumlah korban akibat serangan teroris di Masjid Syiah di kota Dammam. Pemerintah Saudi juga belum mengeluarkan pernyataan terkait insiden ini.

Ini peristiwa kedua setelah sebelumnya di hari yang sama (jumat 22 mei 2015) juga terjadi pemboman di Masjid syiah, saat muslim syiah sedang melaksanakan sholat Jum’at. Baca Bom Meledak di Masjid Kota Qatif, Arab Saudi..  Baca lebih lanjut



SUMBER: http://www.salafynews.com/2015/05/di-tengah-shalat-jumat-bom-bunuh-diri-guncang-masjid-syiah-di-arab-saudi/

Qatif, Salafynews.com – Sejumlah orang yang sedang melakukan shalat Jumat tewas dan puluhan lainnya terluka oleh serangan teroris yang menarget Masjid Imam Ali di Qudayh, di timur wilayah Qatif Arab Saudi.

qatif 2Sumber Foto disini

Sumber Saudi melaporkan bahwa seorang teroris memakai sabuk peledak masuk ke dalam masjid dan meledakkan dirinya di antara jamaah shalat yang sedang melaksanakan shalat Jumat dan menyebabkan  sejumlah besar  jamaah tewas dan terluka.  Baca lebih lanjut


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