Volume 95, Issue 50

Thursday, November 29, 2001
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USC endorses Harris and his initiatives?

U.S. in foreign policy-induced situation

Hey, don't blame the media

U.S. in foreign policy-induced situation

To the Editor:

Now United States President George W. Bush seems to have set his sights on Iraq as another stronghold of terrorism and demands that Saddam Hussein allow United Nations weapons inspectors to return to their duties in that country.

The U.S. failed to remove Hussein from power when it had the chance in 1991, leaving him free to develop his weapons of mass destruction.

In response to this threat, a brutal and inhumane economic sanctions were initiated, in which over a million Iraqi civilians have died over the last ten years, including over 500,000 children under the age of five.

The sheer horror of this policy led to several key resignations at the UN, as well as stoking the flames of hatred against America in the Middle East.

However, Hussein continued to allow weapons inspectors to do their duty and, in the context of broad co-operation, there were a few instances of defiance, leading former president Bill Clinton to initiate an illegal, 18-month bombing campaign against Iraq in Dec. 1998.

Suspiciously, this decision was made the evening before the U.S. House of Representatives voted upon the charges of perjury and obstruction of justice made against Clinton. The immediate and predictable result was Iraq's expulsion of all UN weapons inspectors, leading us to the current situation.

So the U.S. finds itself in yet another situation whose origins lie in past American foreign policy.

Just as the threat of Osama bin Laden was grounded in the U.S. decision to use the Afghan people to fight Soviet expansionism, the threat of Iraqi weapons is equally homemade.

Perhaps the U.S. should engage in some soul-searching and take responsibility for the effects its policies have on other countries because those decisions are creating the situations that instill the fear and trembling that grips them and us.

Dmitry Guller

Medicine I

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