In his National Day address on July 17, 1990, Saddam Hussein "directly threatened his neighbors and explicitly referred to Iraq's chemical weapons. He said Iraq had defended the Arab States against the Persians and then been stabbed with a poison dagger. The day before, in a memorandum to the secretary general of the Arab League, Saddam had equated Kuwait's actions with military aggression toward Iraq."
– Hide and Seek, Charles Duelfer, 7/17/1990
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