Yes, I know that. Thanks for the update. And had you read what I wrote, I was referring to inspections. You know, the past. And if you want to support Saddam having had hydrogen cyanide and phosgene then that's just fine.
Then make that clear, you know, by providing dates. For all I know the UN is regulating Iraqi imports today.
And if you want to support Saddam having had hydrogen cyanide and phosgene then that's just fine.
As I said, I don't know about phosgene, but I do know that lethal gases are used in the production of agricultural pesticides (remember Bhopal?). Were we allowing the Iraqis to import pesticides for agriculture, they could obtain the chemicals to produce WMD them. So, are you advocating that the Iraqis under Saddam not be allowed to grow food?
The fact is that dual use is a reality of chemistry and that the legitimate uses are facts of economic necessity. WMD can be produced from chemicals that are necessary for everyday sustenance. Thus the only real way to preclude the conversion of chemicals into WMD was the inspection routine. Such isn't so simple as you would wish.
Unfortunately, wasn't it under the Reagan administration that Iraq was removed frm the terrorist-sponsoring lists, allowing dual use tech to be exported there?