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Some knew all along that Iraq had no WMDs

Saturday, January 31, 2004
Plain Dealer -- Letters

The truth is out. The verdict is in. The confession has been made. Iraq has no weapons of mass destruction.

The admission came from none other than David Kay, the outgoing head of the US weapons inspection program. It makes the Iraqi war a gigantic fraud on top of being illegal and immoral. The war has been a waste of tens of billions of US tax dollars, hundreds of American lives, thousands of American injuries, and even more Iraqi lives and injuries.

But, oh, what a bonanza the fraud has been for US weapons contractors, US reconstruction companies, including Dick Cheney’s Halliburton corporation, and those within the Bush administration connected to the Project for a New American Century, the right-wing think tank of Donald Rumsfeld, Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle and others who advocated for an Iraqi war back in 2000 as part of a plan for global empire.

The admission undermines the calls for war by George Bush, George Voinovich and Mike DeWine. It validates what the anti-war and peace movement here in Northeast Ohio, across the country, and around the world said from Day One ­ Iraq has no WMDs and does not pose an imminent threat to the US.

The credibility of pro-war politicians has evaporated. It’s time they listen to the demands of the Northeast Ohio Anti-War Coalition and other peace groups across the country and around the world by immediately ending the Iraqi occupation and by bringing the troops home.

Greg Coleridge

Coleridge is director of the Economic Justice & Empowerment Program for the Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee

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