critical letter to the editor in response to op-ed by Bert Sacks (2/9/06)

Seattle Times, February 13, 2006

Age of conflict

The underdeveloped gall

Bert Sacks' opinion about losing the hearts and minds of the Iraqis blamed the deaths of 500,000 children on U.N./U.S. economic sanctions placed on Iraq. He fails to point out that Saddam Hussein spent the bulk of the oil-for-food income on many luxurious palaces and development for weapons of mass destruction.

Also, he fails to mention that Saddam's propagandists spread their hatred by blaming the plight of the Iraqi citizens on the United States and Israel. Now he has the gall to blame leading newspapers for not covering the story the way he sees it.

John Barton, Covington