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Iraq — Chemical Weapons and U.S. Companies

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The United States is seeking Middle East states’ support today for possible air strikes against Iraq, while Russia launched a last-ditch round of diplomacy to prevent another Gulf War. U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright arrived in Saudi Arabia and denied suggestions she was getting no Arab support for possible military action.

But Washington seemed unlikely to be able to forge the kind of broad military coalition of Arab and Western armies it led in 1991. Apart from Kuwait, only Britain has so far thrown its weight unconditionally behind the United States. Now, as British jets are sent to a carrier in the Mediterranean and American troops prepare for war, a conversation with reporter Dennis Bernstein and Persian Gulf war veteran Paul Sullivan about Saddam Hussein’s biological weapons, and the U.S. companies that sold them to him.

Guest:

  • Dennis Bernstein, host of a daily public affairs show at Pacifica station KPFA in Berkeley, wrote an article in the summer issue of Covert Action magazine on Saddam Hussein’s biological weapons, and the U.S. companies that sold them to him.
  • Paul Sullivan, Persian Gulf war veteran, executive director of the National Gulf War Resource Center based in Washington, D. C.

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