June 19, 2002
Bush's plans for Iraq
Sir, As an Iraqi, I have a new sense of hope regarding
Iraq's future, brought about by the emphasis of the
Bush Administration on the toppling of Saddam Hussein's
regime. I feel sure that every Iraqi not associated
with the regime shares my feelings, having endured the
killing of over a million of our own people through
Saddam's wars, torture and oppression.
our deepest concerns are how the US is going to achieve
regime change and what the replacement will be. The
report (June 17) that President Bush has ordered the
CIA to carry out covert operations against Saddam is
encouraging as this avoids killing innocent civilians.
the ambiguity of US plans for a post-Saddam Iraq has
led many Iraqis to suspect that, instead of bringing
freedom and democracy, the Bush Administration wishes
to put in place a pro-Western dictatorship.
US and UK have, through sanctions during the last decade
and support of Saddam Hussein during the 1980s, taken
away the ability of the Iraqi people to determine their
future. The US should redress the balance and help the
Iraqi people to liberate themselves.