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    The UN was indeed making some noises about it, but the US squelched the idea pretty quickly.

    The US Congress did try to pass economic sanctions on Iraq as punishment, but that was squelched by the Bush Sr White House, who lobbied against it.

    Of course, though, in the end Saddam got the ultimate punishment.  One of the "crimes against humanity" that he was convicted of and hanged for was the gas attack against the Kurds at Halabja. (And "Chemical Ali", the Iraqi General who carried out those attacks, was also hanged for it.)

    Much of the reason why Saddam got away with it so easily, I suspect, was that he was using them against Iran, and nobody had any love for Iran.  It was as if the British had used gas against Hitler---no one would be in any hurry to punish Churchill for it, even though it would be illegal as hell.

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