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michael098762001 Donating Member (39 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-06-05 07:12 PM
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82. Re:Mass Graves=BS
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (see her Red Dirt autobio. / ), who was active with SDS and briefly in the WU, so no centrist or liberal wuss, rearched and advocated on behalf of the Kurds after the Halabja gassing. Her letter to Tikkun>...To the Editor:

During my UN human rights work in the 1980s, Saddam Hussein's atrocities were well known and documented. I worked with Kurds, Marsh Arabs, and Iraqi Communists who were in forced exile and whose families had been tortured and killed. The nadir was 1988, when Hussein used chemical weapons against Kurdish villages and Iranian soldiers in the north. At every step of the way, the Reagan, then Bush administrations blocked every resolution.

I resent the accusation in Juan Cole's essay < > in your May/June 2003 issue that "the anti-war movement" did not properly address Saddam Hussein's human rights abuses. Had the United States not blocked all diplomatic measures in the 1980s, Hussein would have been toppled, just as the apartheid regime in South Africa was. The problem is the United States, and that's what we need to deal with.

Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
San Francisco, CA
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