Of Cluster Bombs and Kiwis

Meet one of Saddam's favorite arms dealers: Carlos Cardoen

When war broke out between Iraq and Iran in 1980, Carlos Cardoen, a small- ^ scale Chilean arms manufacturer, was quick off the mark: he flew to Baghdad in search of a deal. Because he had no contacts in the Iraqi government, "nobody would even see me," he recalls. "So I just left my brochures and went home."

The brochures apparently made the sale for him. Sometime later, Cardoen was contacted by Iraqi army officers, who were interested in one of the weapons listed in his sales kit: the cluster bomb, a destructive antipersonnel device that scatters tiny bomblets over a...

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