anticipating the crimes of Saddam Hussein more than 60 years later, said he didn't understand the "squeamishness about the use of gas . . . I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilised tribes [in Iraq]."As it stands the quote is horrendous. However the the actual quote in full is:
“It is sheer affectation to lacerate a man with the poisonous fragment of a bursting shell and to boggle at making his eyes water by means of lachrymatory gas. I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilised tribes. The moral effect should be so good that the loss of life should be reduced to a minimum. It is not necessary to use only the most deadly gasses: gasses can be used which cause great inconvenience and would spread a lively terror and yet would leave no serious permanent effects on most of those affected.”In other words Hasan has taken a quote in which Churchill expresses a desire to avoid killing people and preventing unnecessary suffering and excises enough of it to appear as though he is urging mass murder against the Kurds.
Later in the column he complains that Colonel Gadaffi is being unfairly maligned.