|To the editor
Its rapidly approaching the 10 year anniversary of the "gulf war". Ten years since Saddam Hussein assumed the United States wouldn't care if he invaded Kuwait. Why would he think this? Saddam had violated human rights and committed "acts of aggression" before the US hadn't done anything. American aid continued to flow, despite past human rights abuses, besides he asked April Glaspie, and at best got a non committal answer.
Was the liberation of Kuwait a blow for human rights? Not exactly, Since its liberation, Amnesty International noted numerous human rights abuses effected by the Kuwaiti government http://www.amnesty.org.
Did it benefit military personnel? After the parades Gulf vets have been forgotten. In statements cited by GAO Kwai-Cheung Chan, Director of Special Studies and Evaluations, National Security and International Affairs Division, Kwai-Cheung said about gulf war illnesses "Basic questions about the causes, course of development and treatments for Gulf War Veterans' illnesses remain unanswered. ".
It been almost 10 years of "sanctions" on Iraq. Are the sanctions doing any harm to the Iraqi military machine, or Saddam? Its hard to say, what can be said is 1,211,285 babies and youngsters have died as a result of these sanctions. http://www.iacenter.org.
Something else that can be said, 'President Bush is gone, and Saddam is still there.'
What about the next 10 years? Should we act more responsibly and keep our promise to our veterans of care second to none? Should act more responsibly and realize we gain nothing by using food and medicine as weapons?
Is it to much to ask that we no longer support blood thirsty dictators like Saddam thus insure less American interventions overseas? I don't think so.