The Sun Times Feb. 14, 2003
RE. War is a tough subject to be at peace with. Jan 25, 2003.

Dear Editor,

Ex-US President Jimmy Carter was awarded the Nobel peace prize in Dec. /02. Regarding Iraq he said “War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn to live together in peace by killing each other’s children”

Since 1979, over 20 million Iraqis have been held hostage by Sadman Hussein. From 1980 to 1990 the US regime provided Sadman with military equipment and chemicals to build weapons. The US regime knew he was using chemical weapons to kill Iranians and Kurds. Our NATO ally, Turkey was also killing Kurds and destroying their villages. After the Iraqi army had retreated from Kuwait, the US led coalition continued to bomb Iraq. Over 100,000 civilians died in the bombings. Since then, Iraq has been allowed to earn $120 per person per year to buy food, medicine and other necessities. Because of these sanctions, 1 million children have died of sickness and malnutrition. Meanwhile Iraq has paid $billions to Kuwait who hire US construction companies. The Gulf War itself cost $60 US billion. Other countries compensated the US for its cost of the war, including the weapons they used up. It will cost $100 US billion to re-build Iraq. Under the Powell Protectorate Plan, US firms will be given contracts to rebuild the county. They will be paid with Iraq’s oil.

Many people lived in terror before Sept. 11. Tens of thousands of ordinary people, union leaders, teachers, nurses, priests and nuns working for social change have been tortured, murdered, disappeared by brutal dictators and death squads. The murderers have been trained, armed and supported by the US regime. The dirty wars have been financed by drug dealing. It is estimated that 2500 civilians were killed when Bush Sr. sent 28,000 US troops to arrest his old drug and gun smuggling friend, Panama’s leader, Noriega. Sadman is no worse than the other thugs the US regime arms to do its killing. The Bush Jr. regime now plans to use tactical nuclear weapons against Sadman. Who is the madman?

Truth is the first casualty of war. This warfare that is being planned by the US regime is evil. I agree with Jim. NAZIs should not be appeased. Should another 100,000 civilian hostages be sacrificed to further the profits of the weapons industry and strategic interests of the US regime?

Ron Mattmer
RR 2, Tiverton Ont.

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