Saddam Hussein sought joint agreement to fend-off Iran?

July 2, 2009

(ChattahBox) — After years of debate and unjustified deaths, recently declassified FBI files recounting interrogations and ‘casual conversations’ with the executed dictator, Saddam Hussein, prove that his ‘WMD’ program was a paranoid lie.

In these new documents, just released by the National Security Archive, Hussein is quoted verbatim in conversations with FBI agent, George Piro – one of the FBI’s staff conversant in Arabic. In their numerous chats, the deposed dictator revealed that he deliberately made the world think he had weapons capable of such fabled mass murder so as not to seem weak to what he saw as Iraq’s greatest threat – their fractious and unstable neighbor, Iran.

Hussein, so the new papers prove, regarded Iran and it’s ‘fanatic’ leaders as a far greater threat to his nation than was ever posed by the US, and believed those fanatics were attempting to annex the southern part of his nation, which shares the Shi’ite religion with their own state.

“The threat from Iran was the major factor why he did not allow the return of UN inspectors,” Piro states in the report. “Hussein was more concerned about Iran discovering Iraq’s weaknesses than the repercussions from the US for not allowing the UN inspectors back into Iraq,” he confirms.

So great was Saddam’s concern, he told the agents he would even have been willing to seek a ‘security agreement’ with the US, to protect Iraq from Iran and its threats, and that only if such an agreement proved unsuccessful would he have even considered resuming Iraq’s long-dormant program for WMD.

Another claim often used to support the invasion was the implicit threat of links between Saddam and Bin Laden. But the FBI records prove no such link could exist; During an interview for CBS’ 60 Minutes, Agent Piro confirmed that Saddam had a deep-rooted distrust of Bin Laden, regarding him as, ‘a zealot’ and ‘a threat to him and his long-standing regime.’

Hussein also confirmed he never even met the elusive al Qaeda leader, and that they “did not have the same beliefs or vision.” When Agent Piro remarked how the world had perceived a whole list of reasons why the two would conspire, such as their shared, bitter enmity towards the US, Hussein calmly offered a telling reply; He told the agent the United States was not Iraq’s enemy – he was merely opposed to its policies.

Since engaging this country in war on March 19, 2003, former President Bush, V.P. Dick Chaney and a litany of their staff and supporters have incessantly echoed the, now widely discredited but commingled threat of WMD and links with al Qaeda as full justification for their ill-conceived act.

This conspiratorial malfeasance has now cost our country $1.6 trillion – and 4,321 human lives.

Source: Think Progress


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