Afflicted with hope

April 11, 1991|By Westerly (R.I.) Sun

IT HAS BEEN a month since the war in the Persian Gulf ended, and yet for much of the dissident population of Iraq, the war rages just as furiously as it ever did.

For ethnic Kurds in the north of Iraq and Shiite Muslims in the south, perhaps the war is worse now than it was during the 100-hour allied ground assault and the weeks of bombing from the air, ground and sea that led up to the ground battle. . . .

Today, thousands of Iraqis, members of these groups that oppose Saddam Hussein's Baath Party, are dead, killed by weapons turned on them by Iraqis. Hundreds of thousands are near starvation on the borders of Iran and Turkey. . . .

What has the United States done to help these people? Nothing. Read George Bush. "I feel frustrated any time innocent civilians are being slaughtered, but the United States and the other countries in this coalition did not go there to settle all the internal affairs of Iraq," he said.

Largely as a result of . . . Bush's success, the Kurds and Shiites in Iraq had been afflicted with hope for the first time in a long time. . . .

The United States and the United Nations did not create the problem, but we and they created the instability that led to this slaughter. We bear responsibility. To fail to respond to the despair of these people now is callous and illogical.

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