Article copyDean Esmay is tired of having to debunk one of the Big Lies on the Iraq war time and again, in other words, explain and demonstrate that the United States didn't arm Saddam Hussein.
Saddam was not our guy. We did not arm him. He was not our tool or our puppet. We didn't give him tons of money. And if you show me one more time (as so many have) how Donald Rumsfeld shook Saddamn's (sic) hand on one occasion, I'll give you 50 of Harry Truman and Franklin Roosevelt shaking Stalin's hand.Probably a good idea to dig out my "arms sales to Iraq" graphic then, showing exactly who did arm Saddam Hussein. I've created this chart back in March 2003, using sources from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI - not exactly your average BusHitler right-wing warmongers. That's the beauty of it.)
I'm tired of having to answer the Americaphobes. I really am. My patience for it is at an end
The original page still exist physically on my server, but now redirects users to the new site design, and its own permalink here. It was linked to and posted by many blogs, including the prestigious "The Command Post", and even made its way to the dead trees version of the Weekly Standard.
Still, judging by Dean's post, there's apparently a few people out there who didn't get it. So here we go again: Saddam was armed by Soviet Russia, France and China.
The crazy thing is that you don't even need facts, figures and fancy charts to understand that: common sense will do. If you look at it, in the first phase of the Iraq campaign, the Coalition armed forces faced "T-insert-number-here" Russian tanks, MiG warplanes and Republican Guards armed with Kalashnikovs — also produced in China, and notorious for being of lesser quality, and therefore cheaper than the Soviet made AK.
After the Bush Administration had to deal with French opposition and plain treachery at the UN.
It is not, repeat, not a coincidence if Russia, France and China make the Top of the Pops in this chart.
It's just common sense.
While you're at debunking lies about the Iraq war, you might want to check the Wiki Dean and friends are working on: http://www.truthaboutiraq.org/.