Evidence that western nations knew about Iran’s chemical weapons and help it along its path is immense, starting in 1983 with confirmed legitimate complaints from the Iranian government and State Department sources of Iraq chemical weapons usage.3 Information of daily use of chemical weapons reached Treasure secretary, George P. Shultz, detailing how foreign firms including a U.S. subsidiary aided in the development of the chemical weapons. Although the United States publically denounced the use of chemical weapons, they knowing allowed the continuation of chemical weapons to develop4. As on state department official put it “Iraq's chemical weapons use will not change U.S. interest in pursuing closer U.S.-Iraq rel...
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...ment’s responsibility to protect the rights of its citizens. Governments can be immoral and still effectively conduct its duties. However if a government fails to protect the rights of its citizens and being moral, the government has failed. Therefore moral ethical counter-arguments do not outweigh the benefits of chemical weapons development assistance.
International assistance was justified as it effectively carried out their responsibility to protect the rights of their citizens. Counter arguments of morality are outweighed by its effectiveness and the results of forcing Iran to the negotiating table after four campaigns using chemical weapons. The significance of this is that despite international agreements, larger countries can covertly not follow them if it logical and on small-scale non-nuclear regional conflicts if does not directly involve major powers.
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