- uploaded: Aug 28, 2013
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A journalist and political commentator has told Press TV that the US itself is guilty of using chemical weapons on civilians, yet accuses other nations of such crimes. "They (Americans) are not addressing it, it is the point. They are not bringing up the point that they themselves have used Agent Orange, which is a kind of chemical weapon, in Vietnam, they were supporters of Saddam Hussein, who used chemical weapons against Iran in Iraq-Iran war," Hamid Golpira told Press TV. The commentator went on to say that the US is making such accusations against Syria while "there is not 100 percent proof that the Syrian government did use the chemical weapons in this incident." "Some of the scenario that is unfolding seems similar to the scenario that did unfold before the war on Iraq. So, there are some similarities but it might not play out just like that," Golpira said, referring to the US invasion of Iraq under the pretext of wiping out the stocks of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). He concluded that the US is following its double standard policies in all countries, saying that if the same incident had taken place in a country other than Syria, the US might have reacted differently. Hundreds were killed and scores were injured in a chemical attack in the Damascus suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka and Jobar on August 21. The government and the foreign-backed opposition accuse each other for the deadly incident. The Damascus government, however, has vehemently denied the accusations, saying the chemical attack was carried out by the militants themselves as a false-flag operation.