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'John Reid, the British Home Secretary, said that Saddam's hanging "was a sovereign decision by a sovereign nation". Thank heavens he didn't mention the 200,000 worth of thiodiglycol, one of two components of mustard gas we exported to Baghdad in 1988, and another 50,000 worth of the same vile substances the following year.
We also sent thionyl chloride to Iraq in 1988 at a price of only 26,000. Yes, I know these could be used to make ink and fabric dyes. But this was the same country - Britain - that would, eight years later, prohibit the sale of diphtheria vaccine to Iraqi children on the grounds it could be used for - you guessed it - "weapons of mass destruction".'

(Robert Fisk, "The Independent", november 6, 2006.)
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