The Middle East always seems to be in the news. The latest tidbit concerns the bombing of a Japanese tanker ship by “somebody.”

No one can be certain whether it was:

• the Iranians, as suggested by the Americans

• the Americans, who want to start another war with Iran because some petulant nation in the area is pushing that agenda

• the Iraqis, who have had it in for Iran for a long time because of differences in religion. 

We have witnessed on TV what appears to be an IIranian crew “removing” a magnetic bomb attached to a cargo ship. 

Now, why in the world would the Iranians do that if they had placed it there in the first place?

May 17, 1987, Persian Gulf. In a war initiated by Saddam Hussein of Iraq against Iran, two Exocet missiles fired by an Iraqi French-built Mirage nearly sank the frigate USS Stark killing 37 American seamen.

Without any investigation, U.S. President Ronald Reagan put the blame on an American-supplied Iranian fighter jet.

Reagan pretended the U.S. was in the area as peacemakers, although it was supplying Iran with weapons. 

American ”friends” at the time, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, funded Iraq’s war effort with more than $400 billion worth of arms.

Long before the Iran-Contra affair, the U.S. used Israel to channel weapons to Iran, while the Soviets supplied tanks to Iraq.

The French supplied Exocet missiles to Iraq, and North Korea was selling Soviet rifles to Iran.

Confusing?

Only a million Iranians died because of Saddam’s aggression, so it really doesn’t compare with the 20 million Russians who died during the Nazi invasion of the U.S.S.R. in the Second World War.

Saddam, however, used chemical weapons to kill 4,500 Iranian men women and children with chemicals supplied by Germany. 

The U.S. largely ignored this atrocity because of its support for Iraq.

The U.S. changed its position so frequently that it was impossible until the Gulf War of 2003 as to say whose side it was on.

Follow the money, they say.

Frank Martens,

Summerland

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