Photographer Nick Ut Revisits the Place Where He Shot 'Napalm Girl'

This is the now famous photograph of the “Napalm Girl” and of the Vietnamese children fleeing because aircraft from the United States of America were dumping the chemical weapon napalm on their village. Napalm was designed to stick to the human body and burn off the skin.

This is a photograph of a Vietnamese woman holding a child who has been burned by napalm. The dropping of napalm and Agent Orange by the United States over Vietnam is likely the greatest use of chemical weapons in world history. Thousands of Vietnamese villagers died from the effects.

Yes but, it is alleged that Syria used chemical weapons and Russia is being aggressive.

This is the now famous photograph of Donald Rumsfeld shaking hands with Saddam Hussein in 1983. Not only was it well known to U.S. policy makers that Hussein was using chemical and biological weapons against Iran at the time, the United States was supplying them. Of course all of this conveniently ignored the fact that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had overthrown the democratically elected president of Iran in 1953 to further the interests of oil corporations.

The Washington Post:

“The administrations of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush authorized the sale to Iraq of numerous items that had both military and civilian applications, including poisonous chemicals and deadly biological viruses, such as anthrax and bubonic plague.”

“When United Nations weapons inspectors were allowed into Iraq after the 1991 Gulf War, they compiled long lists of chemicals, missile components, and computers from American suppliers, including such household names as Union Carbide and Honeywell, which were being used for military purposes.”

“A 1994 investigation by the Senate Banking Committee turned up dozens of biological agents shipped to Iraq during the mid-’80s under license from the Commerce Department, including various strains of anthrax, subsequently identified by the Pentagon as a key component of the Iraqi biological warfare program. The Commerce Department also approved the export of insecticides to Iraq, despite widespread suspicions that they were being used for chemical warfare.”

“Although U.S. export controls to Iraq were tightened up in the late 1980s, there were still many loopholes. In December 1988, Dow Chemical sold $1.5 million of pesticides to Iraq, despite U.S. government concerns that they could be used as chemical warfare agents. An Export-Import Bank official reported in a memorandum that he could find “no reason” to stop the sale, despite evidence that the pesticides were “highly toxic” to humans and would cause death “from asphyxiation.” – – Michael Dobbs, The Washington Post (Please take the time to read full article)

National Public Radio:

“In 1983, President Reagan sent a special envoy to Baghdad. He was Donald Rumsfeld, and that visit resulted in the now famous picture of Rumsfeld shaking hands with Saddam Hussein. This was in December of 1983. This was at a time when the US was secretly aware that Iraq was using chemical weapons against the Iranians almost daily. There’s evidence that the[U.S.] battlefield intelligence provided to Iraq helped the Iraqis better calibrate their gas attacks against the Iranians.”

“After the first Gulf War, UN weapons inspectors went into Iraq in a big way, and they compiled an extensive dossier on many American and European companies that had secretly provided Iraq with dual-use equipment and technology that went into these weapons programs. The UN has never made that list of companies and all the details public, but it’s known that chemical precursors for chemical weapons and tubes for missiles and biological agents, including anthrax samples, were sent by American suppliers.”

“Near the end of the war Saddam Hussein used chemical weapons against his own citizens, the Kurds. We know a great deal about this now. At the time, the United States prevented a move in the UN to impose economic sanctions against Iraq, saying that the sanctions would be useless or counterproductive. So in effect, the United States defended Saddam Hussein’s use of chemical weapons even as late as 1988, and this kind of a relationship continued through the Reagan administration and into the first President Bush administration until the very day that Iraq invaded Kuwait in early August 1990.”

“He [Saddam] was meeting with senior US diplomats. They were looking the other way when he was using chemical weapons and developing other unconventional weapons.” – – Mike Shuster, NPR (Please take the time to read full article)

Donald Rumsfeld and Saddam Hussein

Rumsfeld and Hussein out for a night on the town

Yes but, all of the major news networks say Syria probably used chemical weapons and Russia maybe helped them. President Trump’s missile attack was just trying to protect Syrian babies. And the sky is green and grass is blue. We as a people, as Americans, need to face what has become of our Imperialist, corporately directed, U.S. military and military industrial complex.