"...USSR and Iraq wrote an agreement about building a nuclear power plant.
France agreed to sell 72 kg of 93% Uranium and built a nuclear power plant without control at a price of $3 billion and built Iraq 's Osirak nuclear reactor in the late 1970s.
German firms sent 1,027 tons of precursors of mustard gas, sarin, tabun and tear gasses in all; equipment to manufacture botulin toxin and mycotoxin for bilogical warfare; helped build Iraqi chemical weapons.
Italy gave Iraq plutonium extraction facilities and gave depleted, natural, and low-enriched uranium.
Swiss companies aided in Iraq ’s nuclear weapons development.
Brazil secretly aided the Iraqi nuclear weapon program by supplying natural uranium dioxide and about 100 tons of mustard gas.
The United States exported support for Iraq during the Iran–Iraq war, over $500 million worth of dual use exports to Iraq that were approved by the Commerce department. Among them were advanced computers, some of which were used in Iraq 's nuclear program. The non-profit American Type Culture Collection and the Center for Disease Control sold or sent biological samples of anthrax, West Nile virus and [botulism] to Iraq up until 1989, which Iraq claimed it needed for medical research.
British government secretly gave the arms company Matrix Churchill permission to supply parts for Saddam Hussein's weapons program, while British Industry supplied Gerald Bull as he developed the Iraqi supergun. The British government also financed a chlorine factory that was intended to be used for manufacturing mustard gas.
Many other countries contributed as well; since Iraq 's nuclear program in the early 1980s was officially viewed internationally as for energy production, not weapons, there were no UN prohibitions against it..."
Yes I knew, thank's anyway to sum up figures and actors with this case. Situation you describe may be called “realpolitik” and shows the hypocrisy among US and EU politics. The main cause for this hypocrisy in my opinion is US foreign policy of which its European lapdogs are following without questions. It is also amazing how easy the western mainstream media has supported this policy.
Nato and U.S. has continuously escaped from justice or international court about its war crimes e.g. in Balkan wars – especially in case of Nato's attack on Serbia 1999 – as well its activities in Iraq, Afghanistan and other clandestine operations around the world. Bombing civilian targets, using cluster and DU (depleted uranium) bombs can be seen as war crimes or at least violations of international law and the Geneva Conventions in particular. (More e.g. in ”10th anniversary of Nato’s attack on Serbia” ). Nato planes destroyed 4 % of its military targets during bombing – partly because for avoiding own casualties they launched missiles so high that could not make difference between wooden decoys and real weapons. Instead of military targets the main damage was made against civilian targets.
Before xmas investigations conducted by the Swiss diplomat, Dick Marty on behalf of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) revealed the true picture of Kosovo's prime minister Hashim Thaci (related to irgan harvesting from kidnapped civilians). All this happened despite warnings from Western intelligence agencies that Hashim Thaci ran an organised crime network in the late 1990s, they knew the KLA were criminals running the drug, slave, and weapons rackets throughout Europe, they knew the KLA was supported by Osama bin Laden (with whom Thaci met personally in Tirana in 1998 to plan the jihad in Kosovo). Despite this Western political leaders backed his Kosovo Liberation Army and its members were transformed as “freedom fighters”.
Today in Egypt the regime, which US has supported some 30 years, is falling down; supported as it was useful to US outsource torture of illegally detained persons in Egypt and not in US. The challenge for investigative journalism is not in my opinion to find out e.g. real motivations in US foreign policy (e.g. finding missions to guarantee quarterly bonuses to owners/bosses of military-industrial complex) but how to get enough publicity to have some impact.