Weapons of Mass Amnesia

Here's a story that hasn't gotten covered in the U.S. press: As the USA prepares for a war against Iraq, it is being sued by Iran for its previous close relationship to Saddam Hussein. At the UN's International Court of Justice (ICJ), Teheran is accusing the United States of delivering dangerous chemicals and deadly viruses to Baghdad during the 1980s. Reports on the case have appeared in countries including Germany, England, Pakistan and Malaysia. In the United States, Associated Press writer Anthony Deutsch filed a report on the case, but it does not seem to have been picked up by any U.S. newspapers. However, the National Security Archive, a nonprofit research institute on international affairs, has published a series of declassified U.S. documents detailing the U.S. embrace of Saddam Hussein in the early 1980s, including a photo of Donald Rumsfeld personally shaking Hussein's hand.