Background notes on Thomas J. Nagy
"Sanctioning Iraq and Killing Iraqi Civilians: Illegal US actions during the Persian Gulf War and after" — Lectures by Thomas J. Nagy, Ph.D., Professor of Expert Systems at George Washington University in Washington DC.
will be a guest speaker in Montana as part of a Montana Peace Seekers Network speaking tour that will take Nagy
to Billings (11/29), Butte (11/30), Bozeman (12/1), Helena (12/1-2) and Missoula (12/2).
1) Thomas J. Nagy
, "The Secret Behind the Sanctions: How the U.S.
Intentionally Destroyed Iraq's Water Supply," www.commondreams.org/views01/0808-07.htm and www.progressive.org./0801issue/nagy0901.html
5) Thomas J. Nagy
, "Taboo, War Crime or Genocide Denial, and Economic Sanctions on Iraq: Moving from Bystander to Rescuer.
Audiotape of Nagy's
talk at the McMaster University Conference on The Effects of Sanctions on Health: A Case Study of the Gulf, Hamilton, ON - Canada, February 9th, 2002 home.gwu.edu/~nagy/
6) Thomas J. Nagy
, "Health Impact of Economic Sanctions: Taboos and Willed Ignorance- Moving From Guilty Bystander to Active Rescuer," Nagy's paper presented at the 15th World Congress International Physicians for the prevention of Nuclear War & Physicians for Social Responsibility: Summit for Survival, Washington, D.C., May 4, 2002. home.gwu.edu/~nagy/
7) Thomas J. Nagy
, "The Role of 'Iraq Water Treatment Vulnerabilities' in Halting One Genocide and Preventing Others.
came across a document in 1998 which warned about increased incidence of diseases in Iraq due to degradation of normal preventive medicine, waste disposal, water purification-distribution and electricity... Nagy said if the document were about the U.S., "it would be called terrorism.
9) Thomas J. Nagy, "Pamphlet to adapt for Appearances of [former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline] Albright or other instigators/apologists for U.S. Foreign Policy — especially SANCTIONS" home.gwu.edu/~nagy/
13) A search at Google.com
[searching "nagy + sanctions" — URL given below] shows that Nagy's
research has gotten published and reference in the alternative press and reveals some veery interesting commentaries on the implications of Nagy's work, and is very worth spending some time on.
Please see: www.google.com/search?
14) Thomas J. Nagy, , in Tariq Ismael (Ed.) Sanctioning Iraq: The Iraq Question in World Politics. (Zed Press, 2002)... forthcoming.
15) Thomas Nagy's
current research has been focused on a legal and ethical analysis of U.S. Air Force Doctrine Document 2-1.2, "Strategic Attack" and the implications of this document concerning US war crimes (those already committed and about to be committed in the next war against Iraq if the policies in this document are followed now as they were in 1991).
The "Strategic Attack" document (20 may 1998) is posted on the U. S. Air Force Doctrines documents site (about #7 on the list):
Professor Nagy believes that the content of the USAF "Strategic Attack" document, if widely known, could and should be used to argue for revoking the blank check given to President Bush regarding the use of force against Iraq by the US Congress and to give the United Nations additional reasons for demanding restraint from the United States after the recent Security Council vote.
Noam Chomsky wrote 11/8/02: "Dear Frank Kromkowski, ... I'm familiar with Nagy's
says: "I am gravely concerned in view of, inter alia the admission on p. 26 of U.S. Air Force Doctrine Document 2-1.2, "Strategic Attack" dated 20 May, 1998 that "The electrical attacks [on Iraq] proved extremely effective...
is currently pursuing contacts with congressional opponents of the war resolution to discuss the USAF documents and possible constructive steps such as inclusion of the relevant portions into the Congressional Record and using the documents as the basis for calling for reconsideration of legislative approval of the blank check to President Bush.
Nagy's conclusion is that how these actions and policies he
has discovered could not possibly contribute to US national security in a way consistent with law and morality, and he
is devoted to bringing these issues to the wider public in the United States and around the world.
Nagy, a scholar and peace advocate, does not attack military personnel in his approach to this issue and its tremendous ethical implications.
writes "...I have over the years taught many military officers.
I do not believe they are willing killers (directly or indirectly of children).
In fact I believe that vast majority are conscientious and decent people.
I believe, however, that continuing to kill Iraqi children endangers, rather than safeguards our own children.
I blame primarily professors such as myself for refusing to face up to the consequences of a disastrous policy which was not designed for genocide but has had and continues to have a genocidal impact to the detriment of all."
says in a letter he
wrote to his
Congressional representatives: "It is my hope that this letter will hasten the end of a grave crime, prevent future instances and lead to a saner, more humane and safer world — especially for children.
I'm sure that you and your colleagues [in Congress] agree with these goals.
I ask only that you will do your duty pursuant to your oath to defend the Constitution by passing on my letter and doing all in your power to see that justice is done and that the laws are followed.
I presume that, unlike me, you are a lawyer and are fully conversant with the Law of Air Combat as well as the Nuremberg Principle that superior orders can not be used as a defense in matters involving war crimes. ~ Sincerely, Thomas J. Nagy, Ph.D., Assoc.
Prof. of Expert Systems, George Washington University
School of Business and Public Management, Washington, D.C. 20052 202/994-7090, " 16) August 13, 2001 Interview of Nagy
by Amy Goodman on Democracy NOW!