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Tuesday, December 02, 2008


The U.S. should definitely meet with Iran

But not to discuss Iran's development of nuclear power, about which there's nothing to discuss. Iran has the right to do so, full stop. But here's something which definitely deserves to be on the agenda:
Iran has called for an investigation to reveal the channels through which Saddam Hussein's Baath regime gained access to chemical weapons.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammad-Ali Hosseini held a meeting with Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Director General Rogelio Pfirter in The Hague on Tuesday in which he said a working group should be established to launch a probe about the countries that facilitated the former Iraqi dictator's chemical weapons program.
Readers with memories longer than the corporate media (that will be 99% of all readers) will remember that, when Iraq submitted its "report" to the U.N. in December, 2002, the United States seized the 12,000 page report, claiming that it was the only one qualified to make photocopies (security at Kinko's being notoriously lax), and proceeded to hide 9,000 (!) of those pages, dealing with precisely this issue.

Negotiations with Iran? By all means. Start with reparations due to Iran for all the Iranians killed by chemical weapons furnished to Iraq by the U.S., U.K., and other nations of the "civilized" world.

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