July 21, 2002 |
For more than 20 years, the Soviets swore they were not producing biological weapons. They signed treaty after treaty outlawing such weapons and dismissed the testimonies of defectors who contradicted the official line as politically motivated. They were lying. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin publicly acknowledged that the Soviets had a bioweapons program of staggering dimensions. Similarly, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has always denied that he is in the bioterrorism business.