Brzezinski, former National Security Advisor, admits the US assisted Saddam in using chemical weapons against Iran

2020-09-23 20:05:15

From a significant loss of its credibility in the international community to constant instability and sectarian violence in Iraq, the geopolitical ramifications of the Iran-Iraq War are still conspicuously present in the Middle East and beyond. In order to gain a clear understanding of what really transpired during America’s second longest war, we can turn our attention to someone who was in the know back then: former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski

In this clip, former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski clearly admits that the United States of America, among other countries, provided significant assistance for Saddam Hussein’s Ba’ath regime in the war with Iran.

More specifically, he confesses that the US was not only aware of the use of chemical weapons by Iraq against Iran, but it also provided Saddam’s regime precise information regarding the locations where the strikes would be most deadly.

The Iran–Iraq War was an 8-year-long armed conflict that started on 22 September 1980 when the Islamic Republic of Iran was invaded by neighboring Iraq’s Saddam Hussein. The war ended in a stalemate on 20 August 1988 when the leader of Iran, Imam Khomeini, accepted a UN-brokered ceasefire.

Iraq's justification for the invasion was mainly to cripple Iran and to try to prevent Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini from exporting the historic 1979 Iranian Revolution to Shia-majority Iraq, which Saddam felt would threaten the Sunni-dominated Ba'athist regime.

Iraq at the time had also wished to replace the Ismail Republic of Iran as the most dominant state in the Persian Gulf region, something which had not been previously possible because of Iran’s pre-revolutionary close alliances with the United States and Israel.

The Iran-Iraq war followed a long-running history of border disputes, which resulted in Iraq having to plan to occupy Iran's oil-rich Khuzestan Province and the east bank of the Shatt al-Arab (Arvand Rud).

Even though Iraq hoped to be able to take advantage of Iran's post-revolutionary status and seemed to expect a definite victory in the face of a weakened Iran, the Iraqi military only made progress for three months, and by December 1980 the invasion had completely stalled.

This video provided further clear evidence that the United States voluntarily provided large-scale political and logistic support for Iraq at a time when the Islamic Republic of Iran was mainly isolated. The United Kingdom, the Soviet Union, France, and most Arab countries are among the other countries that are reported to have helped Saddam’s regime. Yet no amount of outside help was enough to defeat the brave people of Iran who believe to have God on their side.

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