The View from Iraq: Impending Invasion, Aftermath

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Today, British Prime Minister Tony Blair failed to persuade French President Jacques Chirac of the need for military action against Iraq. Tomorrow, US Secretary of State Colin Powell is promising -compelling evidence- that Saddam Hussein has breached Security Council resolutions. The massive buildup and statements by President Bush, as well as Saddam Hussein and other Iraqi leaders, make war sound all but inevitable. Do Iraqis, the war-s likely -collateral- targets, doubt that President Bush will make good on his threats? Do they want to see the last of Saddam Hussein? Have they been lulled into a false sense of security? We hear from Baghdad and speak with Iraqi human rights advocates and journalists about what they hear from friends and relatives back home.
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Space Shuttle Columbia

National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA)

Pae-s LA Times article on safety fears

Pincus' Washington Post article

US-North Korea 1994 Agreed Framework



Warren Olney