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'UK equipped Saddam during war on Iran'
Fri Dec 30, 2011 1:27PM
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Secret documents have revealed that the British government clandestinely supplied the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's regime with military equipment during his eight-year-long imposed war on Iran.

Although the British government had repeatedly denied allegations that the UK assisted Saddam Hussein in his eight-year imposed war on Iran insisting Britain was officially neutral, revealed files show that former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher provided the Iraqi regime with 78 different types of military equipment.

The revelations are a severe blow to the British establishment and take the lid off its hypocritical nature, as the UK was a signatory to the UN Security Council resolution 479 adopted on 28 September 1980.

The UN resolution called upon all member states “to exercise the utmost restraint and to refrain from any act which may lead to a further escalation and widening of the conflict.”

The Iraqi regime invaded Iran on 22 September 1980 and, assisted by the West's hegemonic powers, employed every brutal tactic it could get its hands on.

Iraq used chemical weapons on Iranian civilians killing thousands of people. The number of victims is estimated to be over 100,000 with 20,000 Iranian soldiers being killed immediately.

During the 8-year imposed war on Iran, Britain, determined to boost its economy by supplying Saddam with equipment to prosecute his imposed war, defined non-lethal equipment “narrowly” and introduced export guidelines, known as “Howe guidelines.”

In a secret letter to Thatcher in March 1981, a junior minister writes that the contracts concluded with Iraq were worth more than GBP 150 million “in the last six months.”

Furthermore, the letter tells of a meeting with Saddam which is described as “a significant step forward in establishing a working relationship with Iraq which ... should produce both political and major commercial benefits.”

Thatcher's handwritten words at the top of the letter that she was “very pleased” questions the integrity of her “resolute approach,” when she ordered the use of lethal force to break the Iranian embassy siege in London in 1980.

Furthermore, Thatcher's decision to push ahead with arms sales to the Iraqi regime backfired on Britain when in 1990 Iraq invaded Kuwait and Britain found itself at war with a country itself had equipped.

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