Does John Kerry consider the American use of Agent Orange and napalm in Vietnam ‘cowardly and heinous’?
The United States has ‘form’
Sculpture by Vietnamese students of disabled child victims of Agent Orange: http://japanfocus.org/-Aaron-Glantz/2126#sthash.e3TrSGN5.dpuf
Europe and US, currently expressing horror at the killing by chemicals in Syria, must also be reminded of their sales of expertise and material for developing chemical weapons to Saddam Hussein’s regime.
The largest suppliers of precursors for chemical weapons production were Singapore (4,515 tons), the Netherlands (4,261 tons), Egypt (2,400 tons), India (2,343 tons), and West Germany (1,027 tons). A Singapore-based firm affiliated to the United Arab Emirates, supplied more than 4,500 tons of VX, sarin, and mustard gas precursors and production equipment to Iraq.
The Los Angeles Weekly detailed the deadly substances supplied by the US, manufactured by companies which have now changed their names or gone out of business.
According to the New York Times and other sources, the US government was fully aware of Iraq’s use of chemical weapons, condoned it and continued to regard the country as an ally. The provision of chemical precursors from United States companies to Iraq was legalised by the Reagan Administration. See a fuller exposition of the US collaboration with Iraq in the ‘80s by Chip Gagnon, Assistant Professor, Dept of Politics, Ithaca College, givenat Cornell University.
Why does the US Secretary of State consider it acceptable to maim and kill by drone strike in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Yemen but ‘cowardly and heinous’ to maim and kill using chemicals in Syria?