Unlimited Access. Try it Today! Your First 10 Days Always $0.99

Readers Respond

News Opinion Readers Respond

Iraq's chemical weapons stocks were well documented

The Sun editorial board is prone to making stupid and inane statements, but the blanket statement that "Iraq had no nuclear, chemical or biological weapons nor any prospects for building them at the time of the invasion" ("Home for Christmas," Dec. 2) may be the stupidest and most easily refutable ever written.

UN experts confirmed in 1986 that Iraq had contravened the Geneva Convention by using chemical weapons against Iran.

On March 16, 1988, Iraq dropped bombs containing mustard gas, Sarin and Tabun on the Kurdish city of Halabja. Estimates of the number of civilians killed range from 3,200 to 5,000, with many survivors suffering long-term health problems.

Chemical weapons were also used during Iraq's "Anfal" offensive (1987-1988), in which an estimated 50,000 to 100,000 Kurdish villagers were killed or disappeared. According to International aid groups and subsequent trials, Iraq carried out more than 40 poison gas attacks on Kurdish townships from April 1987 until 1988.

Is it The Sun's contention that the Kurds were simply "faking it"? Are all of the chemical weapon attack photos available online doctored images? Or does The Sun believe that the Iraqi troops used up their entire supply of chemical weapons, then ate the instructions for making more, rendering them incapable of "having any prospects for weapons in the future"?

It's disgraceful that The Sun would so quickly write off tens of thousands of dead Iraqis, and so quickly excuse the regime that did it, ignoring mountains of evidence to the contrary.

There are Iraqi children alive today whose parents were killed by chemical weapons, and for The Sun to pretend that it didn't happen is both disgusting and reprehensible.

Seemingly unbeknownst to the editors, it's actually entirely possible to write an editorial pontificating against the rationale for the Iraq war without including asinine statements.

Michael DeCicco, Severna Park

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • ISIS should be described as murderers, not militants
    ISIS should be described as murderers, not militants

    The Sun's report on the burning to death of the captured Jordanian pilot refers to his murderers as "militants" ("After Jordanian's death, U.S. moves pilot rescue aircraft closer to battlefield," Feb. 5). The juxtaposition of the barbarity of the murderers coupled with the anodyne description of...

  • U.S. should attack ISIS now
    U.S. should attack ISIS now

    I write as a 93-year-old retired educator who worked in a classroom for 35 years, 32 of which were as the principal of an independent middle school and before that as a Naval Reserve Officer for eight years of active duty including five during World War II, two of which were aboard the aircraft...

  • Only Muslims can defeat radical Islam
    Only Muslims can defeat radical Islam

    Commentator Huma Munir offered an excellent portrayal of the Qur'anic vision that has been corrupted to justify a violent political reality ("Real Muslims don't terrorize," April 7).

  • Treason is treason
    Treason is treason

    There is only one word to describe the behavior of an American citizen who provides "aid and comfort" to the enemy — it's treason ("Girls' alleged attempt to go to Syria worries some," Oct. 23). I've no idea what the federal statutes are today, but in the past the penalty was a death. Since these...

  • The U.N. must coordinate the fight against the Islamic State
    The U.N. must coordinate the fight against the Islamic State

    Sectarian violence is tearing apart much of the Middle East. One of the major antagonists, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is also becoming a serious domestic security challenge for more than 80 countries around the world grappling with concerns about foreign terrorist fighters...

  • Obama takes radical Islam too lightly
    Obama takes radical Islam too lightly

    I give The Sun's editorial board credit for using the correct term — "radical Islam" ("Radical Islam in Africa," April 13) to describe the terrorist attack in Kenya. But you really can't expect the Obama administration to do one thing since President Barack Obama described al-Qaida as "one the...

  • Why must media use the term ISIS?
    Why must media use the term ISIS?

    I was elated to see the article, "U.S.: Airstrikes in Syria, Iraq change Islamic State tactics" (Oct. 18), use the same terminology as President Barack Obama when referring to the Islamic State that we are currently combating. I wish I could say the same for the media. Prominent anchors and pundits...

  • Could ISIS pull off another 9/11?
    Could ISIS pull off another 9/11?

    I remember 9/11 as if it were yesterday, when the U.S. was struck in New York and Washington by well-laid plans hatched in Afghanistan.

Comments
Loading

43°