December 9, 2005
Dear Professor Stephen Pelletière,
§1. Due to present circumstances around the Iraq war I’m
unfortunately able to use only my nick-name and virtual home address
(jouna, iraq-war.ru) for reasons I’m sure you understand. Unable to
find your e-mail address and having nothing to hide what comes to the
contents of this letter I’m publishing it now right here in the
You were the CIA's senior political analyst on Iraq during the
Iran-Iraq war and a professor at the Army War College from 1988 to
2000. I’ve became to know your name some time ago, when I read your
book "Iraq and the International Oil System: Why America Went to War in
the Persian Gulf." (hereafter IIOS).
I’ve also read your article 'A War Crime or an Act of War?’ (hereafter WCAW), available in http://uruknet.info/?p=12256. In addition I’m familiar with your video representations in http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article2097.htm and http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article2098.htm and some discussion around your views around these.
From the timing of my approach you must already have guessed that
I’m writing about the events at Halabja, in March 1988. As I was aware
your expertise on this issue, I now turn to you with some issues that
have been troubling me for some time on.
Not wanting to take your time more than necessary, I will proceed straight to the happenings around Halabja, 1988.
§2. At this very moment Dutchman Frans van Anraat is accused in a
Hague trial, being charged for delivering chemical weapons to Saddam
Hussein. These weapons are claimed to have killed thousands of Kurds at
Halabja in 1988. As we both, like many others already know this is
absolute rubbish, since the mustard gas delivered by van Anraat did not
kill the Kurds at Halabja, I won’t waste our time any more with this
(for the proof of these claims, cf. the section §7, further google for
Frans van Anraat if you are interested in the latest developments of
his trial). The trial is in its final week, with a verdict expected on
December 23, 2005).
§3. On the other hand, Saddam Hussein is at the present charged in a illegal trial in Baghdad for the very same charges (cf. http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m18569).
In this connection it is necessary to introduce some facts concerning
the Halabja incidents. The substance believed to have killed the Kurds
at Halabja is a 'blood agent’, hydrogen cyanide (HCN), better know as
'Zyklon B’ of the Germans in WWII.
Among many others you tell (passim) that it was not the Iraqis,
who zyklonb’d the Kurds at Halabja, and besides of this that Saddam
Hussein is not guilty of the accused genocide as the use of gas occured
in a battle action.
Your claim that the Iraqis would have used cyanide gas would not make sense anyway, just because of the following points:
(1) the Iraqis did not have nor did they use the cyanide gas at the time (rather: any time).
(2) why would the Iraqis have attacked their own city and own people?
(3) why did they not use the gas against the attacking Iranians instead?
The innocence of Frans van Anraat, Iraqis and Saddam Hussein to the
gassing of the Kurds leaves us with several open questions. One of them
is who then used cyanide gas against the civilian inhabitants of
Halabja? Before looking an answer to, I would like to go deeper in the
details of this murky event.
§4. First, I would like to highligth the involvement of Jalal Talabani:
(1) In IIOS (p. 188) you write: "The rebel Kurdish Leader, Jalal
Talabani facilitated the introduction of the Iranian forces into
Halabja by night so that the Iraqi commander was unaware of the
(2) Before proceeding further, I would like to have few words on
the character of Jalal Talabani, an ethnic Kurd, the rebel force leader
in March 1988. In the events around Halabja he obviously deceives his
own people, the Kurds, as he first exposes them to Iranian attack, and
right after causes them to be gassed with cyanide. Not very nice from
him, or what do you think?
(3) Instead of his own people, Talabani is admittedly siding with
the Iranians, but on the other hand Talabani deceives the Iranians too:
he entangles them to a very serious international crime, the use of
chemical weapons with no profit whatever for the Iran (the attack
turned a failure). Guilty or not, the Iranians have been under very
serious suspicions after this event, made possible by nobody else than
(4) Later on, in the second Iraq war (the one still raging), Mr.
Talabani resurfaces as one of the leading allies of the United Stated,
waging an illegal war (by UN standars) against Iraq and Iraqi people.
As a reward for his contributions he is chosen (rather: seated) as the
president of the New Iraq, fitting very well among other scum gathered
by the U.S. as the puppet 'government’ of Iraq.
From this and the difficult Iran-U.S. relationship, one is
seemingly not mistaken in thinking that Mr. (if such an epithet can be
used of him) Talabani completed his well-started treason of the
Iranians (back in 1988), now finding new friends from the United
(5) However, the latest deception of Mr. Talabani, perhaps widest
in its scope so far, took place in this autumn, when he deceived the
United States by selling the Kurds in Iraq to the Iranian regime in
With this action he gave the final death-blow to all U.S. hopes to
win the war in Iraq: with Sunni support lost right from the beginning
due to U.S. own conscious plan to wipe the Sunnis off the earth, the
Shia loyalty shifting little by little towards Iran, now the Kurds are
also lost, thanks to Mr. Talabani. Squarely, this that the U.S. has no
local support whatever in Iraq. These are the 'deadly circumstances’,
where the defeat of any occupier is inevitable and inavoidable. If you
are unaware of these latest developments, I recommend you the following
a) 'When U.S. needed victory strategy for Iran, Bush recycled an used one for Iraq’, in http://www.iraqwar.mirror-world.ru/article/72116. The same core facts are now also stated in
b) 'Baath Party Statement’, http://www.iraqwar.mirror-world.ru/article/72475 and furthermore
c) Iraq: is Iran the real winner?, http://www.ww4report.com/node/1367).
The U.S. defeat and Iranian victory are now actually described and claimed in the articles
d) U.S. will suffer bigger defeat in Iraq than in Vietnam: Iran’, http://www.iranfocus.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=4749 and
e) Rafsanjani says Iran won in the U.S.-led war on Iraq, http://www.iranfocus.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=4772)
To put it short, Jalal Talabani, a truly fine personality, has
deceived not only the Kurds, the Iranians, the United States, the Iraqi
people but in fact, the entire world. As at the same time a wholly
innocent man, Saddam Hussein is charged for the crimes of Mr. Talabani.
Besides as a recognition of these merits (and several other, not
mentioned here due their encyclopedic scope), Mr. Talabani has been
appointed as the "president" of Iraq, although the legal president of
Iraq is still Saddam Hussein. Viewing all this together, one can well
say that Mr. Talabani most likely holds the world record of the
successive deceptions ever. If not otherwise, then because he may still
have a future in Iraq due to his new alliance with the Iranian regime.
§5. Before going back to the happenings at Halabja, let’s have a general view on the context of the gassing of the Kurds.
In 1986-1988 Iraq was already winning the war between Iraq and
Iran. As you quite correctly mention, "the U.S. did not expect Iraq to
win, and when it did (rather: was doing so), U.S. leaders were
'dumbfounded’." In this final phase of the war the U.S., wanting to
prevent Iraqis from winning, started secretly support Iran, delivering
her both sophisticated weapons and intelligence to subvert the Iraqis’
defences (IIOS, 195-198, actions which – after their revelation became
known as Iran-Contra scandal.
From the involvement of 'Mr.’ Talabani, a friend – if this word can
be used of him at all – of both U.S. and Iran, it looks clear that the
U.S. sided with the Iranians with the help of Jalal Talabani at
Halabja. This means that the United States and 'Mr.’ Talabani go much
further back than the Iraq war now waging. If you or anybody else
doubts this, the proof that 'Mr.’ Talabani 'worked’ at Halabja both as
an Iranian and U.S. ally are included in your own narrative. In WCAV
"And the story gets murkier: immediately after the battle the
United States Defense Intelligence Agency investigated and produced a
Let’s stop right here: "Immediately?"
This makes me wonder is it not so that the DIA could not have been
"immediately" on the spot, had it not been cooperating either with the
Iranians or Jalal Talabani – or both. Taken that the U.S. itself did
not bombard the Halabja with the Zyklon B, and taken that it was (as
the U.S. study claims) the Iranian, not Iraqi gas that killed the
Kurds, at least the U.S. military intellligence was well aware of what
would happen at Halabja long before it actually happened. Unlike Saddam
Hussein. And did nothing to stop this.
§6. I’m contacting now you on this matter, because you tell us
being "privy to much of the classified material that flowed through
Washington having to do with the Persian Gulf. In addition, I headed a
1991 Army investigation into how the Iraqis would fight a war against
the United States; the classified version of the report went into great
detail on the Halabja affair."
Wanting to be very straightforward concerning your knowlegde on this issue, I would like now to ask you the following questions:
1) Was it Iran, who used cyanide gas against Iraqi Kurds, and were
the Iranians assisted in this by the U.S. either with recommendations,
delivering the gas, intelligence or what so ever, connecting the U.S.
to the gassing of the Kurds? Or
2) Was it U.S. itself (or some its ally, for example Israel), who
used the cyanide gas at Halabja, but pointed the finger on Iran after
3) Was U.S. using Jalal Talabani, an agent for them and ally of
Iran, who – without Iranian knowledge of this – made the Iranians to
use its own, home-made cyanide gas against the Kurdish civilians at
4) Was it so that, the DIA originally planned the operation at
Halabja against both Iraq and Iran as follows: in first phase 'the
Halabja genocide’ was intended to be used as a justification for a war
against Iraq, as actually happened in 2003?
5) Was it further intended that after the Iraq war was won and
Saddam convicted, the DIA investigation, showing that 'actually’ it was
the Iranians, ("Oops, sorry Iraq, we made a little mistake here..."),
who used cyanide gas? Which was, according to the plan, to be now used
to start an successive war against Iran? (For a sketch for such a
"radical right-wing agenda, cf. Iraq: The War To Start All Wars, http://thinkprogress.org/2005/12/07/war-to-start-all-wars/)
6) Was it further so that Jalal Talabani double-crossed the
Americans just few weeks ago, because he had by then understood that
the second phase of war, the planned attack against Iran was not to
happen, as actually the Iranians had already won the Iraq war?
7) Is it so that after Mr. Chalabi turned his coat once again, he
arrived to the Iranian camp with the proofs of the U.S. involvement, or
possibly with the conclusive proof of U.S. initiative in the use of the
cyanide gas at Halabja?
8) Is this one of the reasons for the Iranians claiming now
victory over the United States in Iraq, simply because the Iranians
know that as they have a solid evidence against U.S., they’ve also
gained an absolute immunity against any U.S. forgery aimed at starting
a war against Iran, giving them also a guarantee against Israel?
9) Is it so that the U.S. must be very nice to Iran from now on,
since it fears that Iran could (and would) leak the U.S. involvement at
10) Is it so that the U.S. is now being blackmailed by Tehran?
Wouldn’t it be much better to bring all the evidence out before the
U.S. is gotten into a very big trouble because of it’s position in
If you are not able to answer these questions on your own name, I
fully understand you. In that case I would however hope that you choose
a nick-name and drop both the answers and the proofs of these question
to the internet through channels that can not be tracked back to you.
Not only me, but the entire world will be most thankful to you for doing this favor. My sincerest thanks to you already,
1. Did Iraq attack Halabja with chemical weapons in 1988?, http://uruknet.info/?p=770
2. A Glimpse of The Past: A War Crime or an Act of War?, http://uruknet.info/?p=880
3. Saddam Hussein Did Not Commit Genocide, http://uruknet.info/?p=1454
4. Saddam never gassed his own people, http://uruknet.info/?p=3943
5. In Defense of Saddam Hussein, http://uruknet.info/?p=4009
6. Defending Saddam, Not President Bush, http://uruknet.info/?p=4249
7. What Happened at Halabja?, http://uruknet.info/?p=8446
8. What do Fallujah and Halabja have in Common?, http://uruknet.info/?p=8541
9. Claims of Saddam's Genocide Far from Proven, http://uruknet.info/?p=8549
10. Report Suppressed: Iran Gassed Kurds, Not Iraq, http://uruknet.info/?p=12256
11. More on Jeffrey Goldberg, http://uruknet.info/?p=13256
12. A Fair Trial for Saddam?, http://uruknet.info/?p=13370