by John Smith
It is quite ironic with all of the discussion and attention by the United States and Israel in regards to the Iran Nuclear Peace Deal that a more dangerous discussion has not been included. When the United States President George W. Bush and his CIA concocted the WMD scandal in order to invade Iraq, the WMD discussion should also have focused upon the Islamic Republic of Iran. Why? Because now the chickens are coming home to roost in the recent proxy war of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and its proxies, and the US and Israel, and its proxies UAE and KSA.
This discussion of WMD, specifically, chemical weapons, should bring back the tragic lessons from the Iran-Iraq War in which chemical weapons were utilized. Iran had been attacked on the battlefield by chemical weapons and suffered a large number of civilian and military casualties during the 1980–88 Iran–Iraq War. Iran was unprepared for the chemical warfare attacks and lacked sufficient gas masks for its forces.
Iran deployed chemical agents on multiple times throughout that conflict to retaliate against Iraqi chemical assaults. It has prioritized its chemical weapons program since the early 1990s, owing to its inability to retaliate in kind to Iraq’s chemical assaults and the finding of significant Iraqi efforts with sophisticated agents, such as the very tenacious nerve agent VX.
Now bring us to 2022. An Iranian aligned militia in Iraq, Awliyat al-Waad al-Haq, or the True Promise Brigades, has taken responsibility for the Febuary 2nd, 2022, attack on Abu Dhabi, UAE. Subsequently today, this same group has now threatened to continue its attacks upon the UAE until they take UAE back to 1971, which means basically destroy all the UAE has created.
So, what is the elephant in the room that no one has discussed, at least openly, concerning the missile and drone strikes on UAE? Well, that elephant happens to be a chemical weapons attack on UAE. Regardless of whether such an attack would occur or whether US and Israeli anti-missile systems intercept such an attack, the results would be devastating either way.
Nerve, blister agents, mustard gas, phosgene, and cyanide agents, among others are known, by Western Intelligence Agencies, to be in Iran’s chemical weapons arsenal in the thousands of tons. Now couple this with the close relationship Iran has with the Houthis, Hezbollah, and these Iraqi Shia militias and this can become a very dangerous situation.
A mid-air destruction of an incoming missile or drone still would likely result in the dispersal of the chemical weapon payload. Additionally, if either a drone or missile would get through the defense system, remember the Patriot Missile System is only about 60% accurate, this would definitely be devastating as well.
The questions need to be asked: why isn’t the US military preparing the UAE government and the UAE population for the possibility of a weapons of mass destruction attack, why is the UAE government not utilizing an early warning system for the attacks such as SMS and air raid sirens (the Israelis do this), and why are there no air raid shelters built for the population of UAE. Remember, Kuwait never thought Iraq would invade it and it happened. It’s better to be prepared for the worst and it not occur than to be unprepared and thousands upon thousands lose their lives needlessly.
John has 34 years experience in International Relations and Counter Intelligence. He served 8 years in the Military in Special Operations, 5 years Federal Government experience, and about 20 years as a private Military Subcontractor.