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BTL:Relatives of Sept.11 Victims Travel to Iraq as... (english)
30 Jan 2003
...President Bush Prepares for War. Interview with Terry Rockefeller, of Sept. 11 Family for Peaceful Tomorrows, conducted by Between the Lines' Melinda Tuhus
Relatives of Sept. 11 Victims Travel to Iraq as President Bush Prepares for War

Interview with Terry Rockefeller, of Sept. 11 Family for Peaceful Tomorrows, conducted by Between the Lines' Melinda Tuhus

The Jan. 27 interim report by United Nations co-chief weapons inspectors Hans Blix and Mohamed ElBaradei on their two months of work in Iraq begged more questions than it answered. While the UN team noted general cooperation by Iraqi officials in gaining access to requested sites, criticism was aimed at Baghdad's lack of detail in accounting for 6,500 chemical bombs, VX nerve agent and anthrax. Citing the fact that no evidence has yet been found indicating Iraq now possess or is making weapons of mass destruction - France, Russia, China and Germany asked for more time to continue inspections. The Bush administration greeted the UN report with bellicose statements and irritation at resistance to their war plans.

But while the Pentagon continued to pour planes, ships and troops into the Persian Gulf region, four members of a group called Sept. 11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows journeyed to Iraq earlier this month. There, they witnessed first-hand the impact of the 1991 conflict; 12 years of sanctions and the very real prospects a new war is having on the people of Iraq. Peaceful Tomorrows is a group made up of family members of people killed during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and seeks non-violent alternatives to war.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Terry Rockefeller, whose sister Laura was killed at the World Trade Center in New York City. Rockefeller, a documentary film maker from Arlington, Mass., talks about the people she met in the cities of Baghdad and Basra, Iraq's preparations for war and her hope for peace.

Contact Peaceful Tomorrows by calling (415) 518-1991 or visit their Web site at

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