Saddam: 'I Lied About WMD In Fear Of Iran' - Yahoo! News UKSaddam Hussein allowed the world to believe Iraq had weapons of mass destruction because he feared revealing his weakness to Iran, it has emerged. Skip related content
Related photos / videos Saddam: 'I Lied About WMD In Fear Of Iran' Enlarge photo The former dictator made the revelations in a series of interviews with the FBI during his incarceration before he was hanged in 2006.
The new details were among over 100 pages of notes written by special agent George Piro, who interviewed Hussein after he was found hiding underground on a farm 80 miles from Baghdad.
Hussein also denied any connection to Osama bin Laden and described him as a "zealot", insisting he had personally never met the al Qaeda leader.
Iraq had fought a devastating eight-year war with Iran in the 80s that involved the use of chemical weapons and Hussein felt vulnerable to the threat from "fanatic" leaders in Tehran.
In fact, he would have been prepared to seek a "security agreement with the US to protect [Iraq] from threats in the region," according to the notes.
Just shows that this war could have been avoided, if only the UN was given a few more months by the US, Saddam would have been found weak and we could have used his fear of the Iranians to press him into more democratic policies in exchange for "a security agreement", meanwhile focusing on the real problem - Iran.