The following is a translation of portions of an undated conversation between Saddam Hussein and Tariq Aziz, his deputy prime minister, that occurred some time in the years before the dictator was removed from power.
TARIQ AZIZ: There is nothing left except the Americans casting doubt that Iraq may produce biological weapons and use them for terrorism...
The serial number of every missile is known, because our suppliers were the Russians, the Soviets. Our missiles are the Russian missiles that we bought. The Russian invoices are clear, sometimes there are discrepancies, but they are checked and they were checked and it was over. This many, 100 missiles. This is the evidence and they cannot ...
SADDAM HUSSEIN: The situation is a pity. Had I known that the war would end, we would have found them on Israel's head.
AZIZ: With respect to the issue of biological weapons which lingers. If the French and Russians help us, we could find a solution. I don't think it's farfetched that we could find a solution. All this talk that Iraq can produce it and use it for terrorism is nonsense. One can say that any country can use it.
HUSSEIN: Terrorism is coming. I told the Americans a long time before August 2 and told the British as well, I think Hamed was there keeping the meeting minutes with one of them, that in the future there will be terrorism with weapons of mass destruction. What prevents this technology from developing and people from smuggling it? All of this, before the stories of smuggling, before that, in 1989. I told them, "In the future, what would prevent that we see a booby-trapped car causing a nuclear explosion in Washington or a germ or a chemical one?"
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Sir, the germ, any biologists can make a bottle at home.
SADDAM: This is coming, this story is coming but not from Iraq.
AZIZ: Sir, the biological is very easy to make. It's so simple that any biologist can make a germ bottle and drop it into a septic tank and kill 100,000. This is not done by a state, no need to accuse a state, an individual can do it. Even an American in a house, close to the White House, I mean, they don't have a logical argument.