United States owes Iraq an apology, reparations

We are reprinting a Letter to the Editor published in The Mercury News on March 26, 2023. Thank you, Nancy!

On the 20th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Iraqi writer Mortada Gzar wrote: “The magnitude of what Iraqis lost — and continue to lose … as we must deal with the repercussions  in our daily lives, whereas the war has become a blurry image for Americans.” How can the American people forget the U.S. invasion based on lies? Contrary to the Bush administration’s assertions, Iraq was not involved in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, had no weapons of mass destruction, nor had connections to al Qaida. One wonders why the silence about these proven lies is so deafening.

The U.S. invasion of Iraq was catastrophic: 1 million deaths of Iraqis, 4 million orphans and 8 million displaced. This was a war against humanity, and all those responsible should be held accountable. The U.S. owes the Iraqi people a formal apology and reparations.

— Nancy Tsou, San Jose

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