In 1975 Iraq began a massive procurement drive for all the components,
technology and expertise needed to produce chemical and biological weapons.
Iraq obtained blueprints from the US and built plants all over the country.
The technology, components, equipment, expertise, delivery systems, all came
from the West and earned companies in Britain, Germany and America millions of
The West supplied everything the Iraqis needed. Modified artillery proximity
fuzes were supplied by British companies, together with the machinery with which
to make them.
So, from the late 1970s Western Governments were fully aware that Iraq was
engaged on a sinister CBW programme - because Western firms were supplying the
technology for it.
Professor Garth Nicholson from Califormia, engaged in investigating the cause
of GWS, says that the mycoplasmas can cause suppression of the Immune System. He
added that the agent was 'born in a test tube and given a spear to attack the
body's immune system. He terms it 'the HIV envolope' gene.
Another doctor studying GWS says 'the mycoplasma found in Desert Storm vets
has very strong retroviral DNA sequences. He adds: Thus in all probability it
was engineered and did not evolve naturally'.
A spokesman from Britain's own CBW research facility, Porton Down, says that
the state of biotechnology is such that it is possible to transpose genes which
could then 'express certain ssubstances into other organisms' - for example
An engineered virus could be produced with lethal, damaging or incapacitating
capabilities. Intelligence reports suggest that the Iraqis were working on
common viruses which could be 'tailored' to battlefield situations - 'bad'
viruses in the words of one source.
Using a common virus (such as a flu virus) which initially was merely
incapacitating would protect the aggressor from immediate retaliation. The
deployment of such weapon would not be immediately obvious as flu or a common
cold would be dismissed by field medical personnel as just that.
In 1995 the Uniited Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM) released a 530 page
report detailing its findings on Iraq's Biological Weapons programme. Iraq
confirmed that since 1985 it had been mass producing toxins and delivery
The source of Iraq's technology was not disclosed in the report. A spokesman
said 'it has long been the policy of the Special Commission not to disclose the
details of supplier countries and companies.
In essence, in the absense of full cooperation from Iraq, the Commission had
to do a deal with those countries and companies involved with Iraq's weapons
programme, in order to get the information it needed.
The true extent of how much the West helped Iraq with these programmes has
yet to come out. And perhaps here lies the reason why scientists seeking answers
from the US and UK governments have met red herrings, red tape, and walls of
For if the general public were to make the connection between a
(transmissable) Gulf War Syndrome, and their Government's role in allowing Iraq
obtain the neccessary technology to create it, they might just get a little