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Ex-U.N. arms inspector urges restraint on Iraq
Forum speaker says U.S. military action without world support would be disastrous.
By Michael J. Rochon
August 22, 2002A former United Nations chief weapons inspector said Wednesday that any premature military action taken against Iraq could spell doom for American troops.
Scott Ritter, the key speaker at a Downtown political forum sponsored by the Indianapolis Peace & Justice Center, said the Bush administration must temper all remarks about war against Iraqi president Saddam Hussein until other allied nations begin to show support.
"For us to take on Iraq right now would be a disaster," said Ritter, who was on a team of inspectors that in 1998 concluded the war-torn Middle-Eastern nation was no longer capable of producing weapons of mass destruction.
"If we were to go into Iraq right now, we would go in there alone -- as a rogue nation," he said. "And Iraq would fight back. They would lose . . . but they would fight."
Ritter made his comments to a crowd of about 300 at the Ashantii Ballroom, 1529 N. Alabama St.
Earlier in the day, President Bush and key military leaders met to discuss a potential military strike against Hussein's regime. Bush, however, promised from his Texas ranch to consult the allies before taking any such action.
Ritter, a former Marine, said he was not surprised by the president's pledge. He said the administration would have to prove Iraqi officials still have weapon-producing capabilities before other nations would join the fight.
"We've destroyed 95 percent of their (nuclear) factories, we've destroyed their weapons. How could they have such weapons if they all have been eliminated?" Ritter said. "Hussein is not a good guy, but we haven't proven that Iraq poses any threat to American security."
Also participating in the forum were members of the Hudson Institute, a local think tank.
Dr. Pierre Atlas, a political science professor at Marian College, acknowledged Hussein is an "evil man who leads a brutal and oppressive regime." But he also urged Bush to use caution.
"Waging war against Iraq could open a can of worms in the Middle East," Atlas said. "Would we achieve any of our goals if the (area) goes up in smoke?"
Meanwhile, audience members such as Turkish native Ali Selcuk said he appreciated the opportunity to discover new viewpoints on the topic. "We want to learn the truth about the situation in Iraq. We want to have as much information that is available."