Thursday, March 25, 2004

Answer: Approximately 250,000 of his own People

A vast, documented record of Saddam's crimes already exists, from his campaign to kill thousands of Kurds and Shiite Muslims to his use of chemical weapons against Iran and the killing of hundreds of Kuwaitis. The State Department also has collected such evidence for years.

By one conservative estimate, Saddam "murdered a quarter million of his own people," said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, which analyzed 18 tons of documents in the 1990s about the eradication of Kurdish villages.

And since April, the Pentagon reports that mass graves have been unearthed that may contain the remains of 300,000 people



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