To the editor:
The Fuersts’ letter in the December 2004 issue of the Catholic Courier cannot go unanswered. The authors blame the Coalition forces for all the misery and deaths in Iraq.
The one million civilian deaths the authors attribute to the U.N. economic sanctions were really caused by the mismanagement, incompetence, and crookedness of the U.N. Oil-for-Food Program personnel.
Evidence unearthed in Iraq shows how Saddam Hussein, the U.N., France and Russia subverted the funds, returning as much as $21 billion to Saddam. Other funds simply disappeared.
Most Iraqis suffered or died due to the lack of food, medicine, clean water, reliable electric power, etc., because of the stolen funds.
The authors also seem unaware that very few civilians were injured or killed by Coalition forces either in the first phase of the war or in the present unrest.
They comment that Coalition forces are “bombing Baghdad neighborhoods again and again these days.” The truth: Under Coalition policy, only areas harboring terrorists are being attacked, and then the Coalition:
1. Returns fire if attacked.
2. Warns noncombatants to evacuate the area and then attacks.
The authors do not mention the terrorists who try to maximize civilian casualties and behead noncombatants as a lesson.
The authors ask: What are we doing to the Iraqi people? Almost everyone knows:
* Saddam is gone.
* Schools, hospitals, power plants and distribution systems have reopened.
* A police force and army are in training.
* Elections are scheduled for January 2005.
* Small businesses are being created.
* Several hundred thousand bodies Saddam killed have been recovered for identification and burial.
The majority of the Iraqis accept the situation because it is their only chance for a bright future and a free government. The terrorists must be defeated.
Silver Birch Circle
To the editor: