Iran will host the first international conference dealing with the impact of chemical weapons upon people. During the Iran-Iraq war which lasted from 1980-1988, it is estimated over 100,000 Iranians died due to the use by Saddam Hussein of chemical warfare. “Iran,” said Gholam Hossein Dehghani, “is one of the greatest victims of chemical weapons and no country in the world has suffered from the consequences of chemical weapons as Iran.”
There is little doubt the United States supported Saddam Hussein in his war against Iran. The American press frequently cites evidence of the cruel use of chemical weapons on the people of Kurdistan, but there is scant mention of Saddam Hussein’s extensive use of chemical warfare in his fight against Iran. America aided Saddam in that war and one can only wonder if any American officials in the Reagan administration knew what was going on, but never protested.