Sue Gray is right about the Hussein reign, if you were part of his in crowd. From 1983-88, 30,000 Iraqis and Iranians were killed by him.
According to Human Rights Watch, Saddam’s campaign of terror against the Kurds killed 50,000, and possibly as many as a 100,000, using chemical agents such as mustard gas and nerve gas. His attack on Halabja ended the lives of 5,000 people, many of them women and children. He personally ordered the destruction of 2,000 Kurdish villages.
In the daily Arabic newspaper, Al-Hayat, October 1991, Iraqi leaders privately acknowledged that 250,000 people were killed in the uprisings.
Out of Iraq’s 22 million people, 13 million were Shi’a Muslims. Hussein placed severe restrictions on them, including the ban of communal Friday prayer and funeral processions.
In March 2003, Britain’s then-prime minister, Tony Blair, reported that Hussein had blocked food and medical supplies from the oil-for-food program. His regime prevented access to international workers trying to distribute food and medical items to the Iraqi people. Since the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom, warehouses filled with food and medical supplies have been found. He diverted most of the supplies to his military, leaving the people to starve and suffer, blaming the embargo and sanctions against him.
One last note, Sue. He also had more than 40 of his own family put to death, and incarcerated many more.
I find it very rude and unprofessional that twice you have chosen to publish personal information about Vance Johnson on the front page. He is a contributing member of our community who is just trying to bring a business and a family into a valley that is not always supportive. How would you feel if your problems were available for everyone to gossip about at work? When I pick up the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, I want to read about important issues in the valley, or at least an article about something positive.
In the future, have a little heart.
Under the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Congress’ attempt to bolster our energy future with fossil fuels, comes a plan by the Bureau of Land Management to lease 2.3 million acres of public land in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming for oil shale development.
The plan recommends maximum leasing activity, although there is no commercially viable development technology. The EIS actually uses the absence of technology as the excuse in failing to project the potential environmental impacts, including impacts on global climate change. This is the ultimate “cart before the horse.”
Independent projections from the Energy Information Administration reveal that oil shale may contribute up to 405,000 barrels/year of oil in 2030. Separately, the Rand Corp.’s 2005 oil shale technology report indicates that this level of production could be sustained by drilling 150 acres per year using the most advanced technology, although that would require four dedicated 1200MW (very large) coal-fired power plants with attendant greenhouse gas emissions. So, if the best technology requires such a small footprint, why is BLM preparing, post haste, to hand over millions of acres of public land to the energy industry?
As the song goes, “This land is oil land, this land is gas land.” Public participation is strongly suggested. For details, contact the BLM office in Glenwood Springs. The deadline is April 21.
Now we are told that Social Security and Medicare are in trouble, but the government sees fit to spend $100,000 every minute on the Iraq “War.” Very curious, if not disgusting. Maybe think about this the next time you make a decision on voting for who our next leaders are going to be. It seems to me like a very easy choice; either continue the waste of our resources and the senseless slaughter of innocent people, or return to a more reasonable way of treating our fellow humans.
Anyone with even a slight bit of intelligence can see that there are many different alternatives that we should be pursuing to preserve our environment and way of life.
Thanks for listening.
Prentice B. Billings
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