“You mentioned Saladin as a mythical Arab hero. Ironically, Saladin was not an Arab but a Kurd from Tikrit. ”
Yes he was. But the common Iraqi, and I assume also the common Arab, did not know that. I’ve met some fellow Iraqis who even try to dispute the validity of this. Hence the word mythological.
“The gas Saddam dumped on the Kurds had been supplied to him by the Americans to be used on the Iranians.”
Correct, as well as the Germans, French, British, and the USSR. The US was also supplying the Iranians with weapons (although not bio or chem. agents) through Israel. The strategy was to let them both destroy each other so that neither came out as predominant victor at the end of it all, a goal that they achieved with flying colors.