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Iraqi soldiers displayed courage in refusal to fight allied forces

I am writing in response to Haider A. Hamoudi '93's letter on the recent history of his country ["Iraqis are also Saddam's victims," Feb. 26]. As someone who has avidly avoided world news for most of my life, I basically knew nothing about Iraq until this war started.

The US press coverage had led me to believe that Saddam Hussein had the overwhelming support of the Iraqi people. Hamoudi's description of Saddam's actions in his own country therefore explained something that had been greatly puzzling me -- why over 30,000 Iraqi soldiers had surrendered without firing a shot.

Somehow the explanation that, after 10 years' experience in warfare, they were completely demoralized by a month of allied air attacks just didn't satisfy me.

Knowing a bit more about them, I found my puzzlement giving way to admiration. It must have taken a lot of courage to lay down their weapons in front of an invading army and refuse to fight a war they did not believe in.

Marty Hiller G->