Saddam inflicts suffering, not U.S.
TO THE EDITOR:
I am completely astounded by the situation described in your Feb. 17 front-page article, "Protestors simulate Iraqi conditions at War Plaza." The protestors claim that the Iraqi diet is limited by the sanctions imposed by the United Nations in 1991. They fail to comprehend that the reason the sanctions are still in place is a result of the Iraqi regime's refusal to comply with the terms of the cease-fire negotiated at that time.
It is the choice of Saddam Hussein's government that keeps the people without food and living in squalor, not the threat of war by the United States and its allies. One of the primary goals of our country's involvement in the disposing of Saddam and his government is to liberate the folks that these protestors are emulating so that they can have more than lentils, rice and dirty water.
Extensive plans are being drawn to set up a democratic government that does not oppress its people. The United States is prepared to commit funding to feed these very people that the protestors are trying to raise to martyr status.
I personally would like to see a peaceful solution to liberating the Iraqi folk and disposing of Saddam and his war machine. However, 12 years of sanctions have done nothing but oppress the poor and put civilized countries at further risk of terrorist attacks.
I question the motives and ethics of these "veteran protestors. If these folks truly desired the liberation of the Iraqi people as opposed to adding another arrest to their r