Bernard Kouchner, who has already ambitioned to manage Iraq like Kosovo in the name of the UN, wrote a preface to Le Livre noir de Saddam Hussein (“The black book of Saddam Hussein”), which has just been released in bookstores. A red strip, placed by the author, has called buyers’ attention by announcing that the dictator would be responsible for the death of two million people.

Although the presentation is based on accurate facts, it has been distorted to the point of being dishonest. It seems to ignore that, while Saddam Hussein was the commander in chief in the war against Iran, the Atlantic powers demanded and financed this war to oppose the Islamic revolution. The Iraqi invasion on Iran was also the first attack against a sovereign state by another one, which was not condemned by the Security Council.

On the other hand, on the eve of the invasion on Iraq by the Coalition, the Atlantic propaganda services held Saddam Hussein responsible for war crimes which until then were attributed to others. It is the case of the famous massacre of Halabja, which a U.S. military report had shown that it was due to the movement of gases used by the Iranians from an area contaminated within the battle field.

In addition, attributing the responsibility for the death of two million people is not so credible and coalition authorities today talk about hundreds of thousands of victims.

However, the latest figures could not be attributed only to Saddam Hussein, and exonerate the great powers from their responsibility. That is why the Iraqi court established by the U.S. to judge the tyrant had only accused him of 148 killings.

The excessive increase of figures, endorsed by Kouchner, is aimed at justifying a posteriori the operation carried out by the coalition. If there were no mass destruction weapons in Iraq, they went there to overthrow a cruel dictator. But if Saddam Hussein was less cruel as it is said, how to justify then an invasion that has caused the death of thousands of people?