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Response to Senator
Coleman on Iraq Protesters
Senator Coleman stated that those of us who protested the war and were arrested at his office were "simply wrong". I feel strongly that we were as correct about our opposition to the war as we were in our opposition to the US-led UN sanctions which were responsible for the death of over a million Iraqis while creating a dependancy that strengthened Saddam Hussein's hold on power.
The reasons why we should not invade Iraq that we circulated are as valid today as they were before the war started.
Ironically, the mass graves that Coleman mentions were created when the U.S. betrayed the Shia and Kurdish uprising at the end of Desert Storm because the U.S. was afraid that the new government would not be friendly to U.S. interests. By protecting only the Oil Ministry and oil wells the US provided good reason for the Iraqi mistrust of US intentions. One Iraqi citizen said."The only thing they liberated us from was the idea that they came to save us".
The people of Iraq, living under Saddam's repression, were not his co-conspirators. They did not deserve the death and destruction of an invasion after twelve years of an inhumane embargo. The decision about who should govern Iraq is one for the people of Iraq to make, not foreign governments. Pinochet, Marcos, Ceausescu, Suharto, Milosevic, the Shah of Iran are just a few examples of dictators that were overthrown by their own people without an invasion by a foreign country.