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Iraq Bombing: Interviews Available

BISHOP THOMAS GUMBLETON
A Catholic Bishop from Detroit, Gumbleton has just returned from Iraq.
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ERIK GUSTAFSON
A U.S. soldier during the Gulf War and now the executive director of the Education for Peace in Iraq Center, Gustafson said: “The people of Iraq are not their government. Dictators are answerable to no one. And yet, it is the blood of innocent Iraqi civilians that has already begun to flow.”

KATHY BERGEN
A specialist on the Middle East for the American Friends Service Committee, Bergen said: “On the eve of momentous religious holidays for all three Abrahamic faiths, the U.S. has taken actions that could, by the Clinton Administration’s own admission, result in the deaths of 10,000 Iraqi civilians, even in a `medium case scenario.’ (Washington Post, Nov. 16)”
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RANIA MASRI
Coordinator of the Iraq Action Coalition, Masri noted: “Bill Clinton last night claimed that without the sanctions, there would be `less food for [the Iraqi] people.’ In fact, the sanctions have been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis.”

JON STRANGE
At the historic “town hall” meeting in Columbus, Ohio, last February, Strange asked Secretary of State Albright about double standards. She publicly promised that she would explain U.S. policy to him for “50 minutes” — but to this day has declined to do so. Strange said: “The administration bombed without any public debate.”

JOHN QUIGLEY
Professor of Law at Ohio State University, Quigley said: “The U.S. bombing campaign against Iraq is a grave violation of the U.N. Charter.”

HUSSEIN IBISH
The media director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Hussein said: “Contrary to U.S. official claims, Arab governments have not backed these bombings. They know Iraq is not a military threat to the region and the Iraqi people have suffered enough.”
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PHYLLIS BENNIS
Author of “Calling the Shots: How Washington Dominates Today’s U.N.,” Bennis said: “For the U.S. to bomb without even the appearance of Security Council discussion is unacceptable. Richard Butler made the decision to evacuate U.N. inspectors without consulting the Security Council or the Secretary General. The U.S. wants the U.N. out of the way.” More Information

For a Washington Post profile of Denis Halliday, who recently resigned as the head of the U.N.’s “oil-for-food” program, see: http://search.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/WPlate/1998-12/17/226l-1 21798-idx.html

For a time-line of U.S. statements about the sanctions on Iraq, see: www.accuracy.org/iraq

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy: Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020.