After all the help America has given different countries, do you think it`s likely that their own weapons will be used against them?
We know that we gave a lot to Afghanistan during their war with Russia ... now this article came out today saying we have helped Iraq with biological warfare. Will this come back to haunt us?
Records Show U.S. Sent Germs to Iraq
Tue Oct 1, 4:45 AM ET
By MATT KELLEY, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - Iraq`s bioweapons program that President Bush wants to eradicate got its start with help from Uncle Sam two decades ago, according to government records getting new scrutiny in light of the discussion of war against Iraq.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent samples directly to several Iraqi sites that U.N. weapons inspectors determined were part of Saddam Hussein`s biological weapons program, CDC and congressional records from the early 1990s show. Iraq had ordered the samples, claiming it needed them for legitimate medical research.
The CDC and a biological sample company, the American Type Culture Collection, sent strains of all the germs Iraq used to make weapons, including anthrax, the bacteria that make botulinum toxin and the germs that cause gas gangrene, the records show. Iraq also got samples of other deadly pathogens, including the West Nile virus.
The transfers came in the 1980s, when the United States supported Iraq in its war against Iran. They were detailed in a 1994 Senate Banking Committee report and a 1995 follow-up letter from the CDC to the Senate.
The exports were legal at the time and approved under a program administered by the Commerce Department.
`I don`t think it would be accurate to say the United States government deliberately provided seed stocks to the Iraqis` biological weapons programs,` said Jonathan Tucker, a former U.N. biological weapons inspector.
`But they did deliver samples that Iraq said had a legitimate public health purpose, which I think was naive to believe, even at the time.`
The disclosures put the United States in the uncomfortable position of possibly ha
We usually just sell them old and out of date military equipment that we no longer have use for because we’ve developed newer and better weapons, or because our enemies have developed ways to neutralize them. The only countries who really get any useful weapons from us are Israel and the UK.
well it has in the past and im sure it will in the future i read somewhere about american corporations selling anthrax and other biological stuff to iraq and other middle east countries.. makes me sick
What, didn't you see the famous Rumsfield/Hussein photos?
Of course they have been, are currently, and will in the future be used against us.
And another thing - who thought it was a good idea to give pakistan F16 fighters? I mean, we refused to sell them to them 15 years ago because of their nuclear program. Now that they Have a bomb, we give them a plane capable of delivering it? Smart, I tell ya.