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MONSTER MASH

I'd like to thank James Ridgeway for his informative article "Rumsfeld's Dealings With Saddam" [villagevoice.com, April 2]. These are the sort of facts Americans need to know. So, the war boils down to attempting to undo the damage we've helped create in Iraq! The mistakes we made in the past await us in the future, and the future is now. We must face our folly.

Sylvia Barksdale
Lynnfield, Massachusetts


OVERLOOK PRESS

"Rumsfeld's Dealings With Saddam" suggests that Donald Rumsfeld and other Reagan administration officials overlooked Iraq's use of chemical weapons against Iraqi Kurds in order to secure an oil pipeline deal.

This is untrue. Rumsfeld and other Reagan administration officials (George H.W. Bush, Dick Cheney) provided Saddam Hussein with chemical and biological weapons, quite possibly the very weapons used to murder the Kurds, at least according to the London Times and The Washington Post. Providing weapons of mass destruction to Saddam is not the same as overlooking weapons of mass destruction.

Rob Urie
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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