by Thomas Nagy
...In light of the US drive toward war with Iraq and the urgency of preventing that disaster and somehow derailing this Bush/Cheney death train, I would like to call to your attention some recent findings by Thomas Nagy, Professor of Expert Systems at George Washington University, concerning U.S. Air Force Doctrine Document 2-1.2, "Strategic Attack."
And I'm asking you to help in spreading the word about the horrific 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 â€œStrategic Attack, United States Air Force
, Air Force Doctrine Document 2-1.2, 20 May 1998â€ document [was] posted on the U.S. Air Force Doctrines documents site, http://www.e-publishing.af.mil/pubs/speclist.asp?puborg=AFDC&series=dd. [November 2005: See local archived PDF copy - ratitor] Nagy
called this document to my attention, and believes (as I do) that the content, if widely known, could and should be used to argue for revoking the blank check given to President Bush regarding the the use of force against Iraq.
previously obtained a U.S. military report that was issued the day after the 1991 Gulf War started - it detailed the vulnerabilities of Iraq's water systems (which the U.S. bombed during the Gulf War) including a listing of the specific items which would need to be barred by the UN
sanctions committee in order to totally degrade the water and sanitation system of Iraq.Water-borne diseases are now pervasive in Iraq.
Nagy's findings were published in England and then in the September, 2001 issue of The Progessive - "The Secret Behind the Sanctions: How The US Intentionally Destoryed Iraq's Water Supply."(Summary: Pentagon documents reveal how the United States, contrary to the Geneva Convention
, intentionally destroyed Iraq's water supply.Nagy
shows that there were extremely serious and still-deadly U.S. violations of international law and human rights in US Defense Department planning for the 1991 US war against Iraq and for the sanctions against Iraq.)
"Dear Frank Kromkowski: . . . I'm familiar with Nagy's
...Thomas J. Nagy, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in the George Washington University School of Business and Public Management, a member of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, Presenter at the 1999 and 2001 DOD's Joint Services Conference on Professional Ethics (regarding the issues raised in his correspondence . . . excerpts below).Nagy
can be reached at George Washington University
by phone, 301-564-0326, by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org, and his
home page is at http://home.gwu.edu/~nagy/.
Nagy's concern is with previous and likely future grave violations of Protocol 1, Article 54, paragraph 2 (1977) of the Geneva Convention
which bans attacking or rendering useless infrastructure essential to the survival of civilian populations under any circumstances.Nagy
is very concerned, as I am (I'm a volunteer for the Montana Peace Seekers and the Helena Peace Seekers organization
, www.montanapeaceseekers.org), that in view of the imminent prospect of an expanded war against Iraq that the same doctrine - illegal - will be applied resulting in more than the 100,000 civilian fatalities from water borne disease estimated by Lt.Col. Rizer in his
Maxwell AFB article referenced above.
Nagy's concern is all the greater in view of his
recent trip to Iraq at the behest of the Canadian Affiliate of the Nobel Peace Prizing winner in 1985 to estimate civilian fatalities in the event of another full scale war.Nagy is a great and knowledgable peace advocate who speaks out on these issues as a parent, ex-refugee and college professor who did his postdoctoral work in public health and as former research director with the American Bar Association. Nagy
is 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.
nor I can see how these actions and policies he
has discovered could possibly contribute to US national security in a way consistent with law and morality.Nagy's
"The Secret Behind the Sanctions" report relies on documents obtained from the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency
and paints a chilling picture of US military planners determined to use sanctions to spread disease and death among civilians in Iraq. Nagy
says, and I wholeheartedly agree, that the documents demonstrate that:
...Nagy is a peace advocate, a pacifist like myself, but he does not attack military personnel in his approach to this issue and its tremendous ethical implications.Nagy
"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, email@example.com Nagy
also noted that in the "Strategic Attack" document, he
...Tom Nagy's home page at GWU: http://home.gwu.edu/~nagy.
August 13, 2001 Interview of Nagy
by Amy Goodman on Democracy NOW!
Guest: Thomas Nagy
is author of "The Secret Behind the Sanctions: How the U.S.Intentionally Destroyed Iraq's Water Supply." Thomas Nagy biography from the conference, The Effects of Sanctions on Health: A Case Study on the Gulf, held 9 February 2002 at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada: http://www.flyte.net/iraq/about.html#Thomas
...In Washington Sunday, dozens of activists handed out `Unofficial Commencement Ceremony Supplements,' prepared by George Washington university professor Thomas Nagy, listing `the top ten reasons to cheer' commencement speaker Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
Many more Nagy references can be found via a Google.com Search: http://www.google.com/search?q=%22Thomas+Nagy%22++%2B+%22George+Washington+University%22&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&start=20&sa=N - or - searching "nagy + sanctions" (URL given below) shows that Nagy's
research has gotten published and referenced in the alternative press and reveals some very interesting commentaries on the implications of Nagy's
work, and is very worth spending some time on.Please see: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=Nagy+%2B+sanctions&btnG=Google+Search
...George Washington University professor Thomas Nagy came across the document in 1998 during online research about depleted uranium.
The subject line of the Pentagon paper read: "Effects of Bombing on Disease Occurrence in Baghdad."
Its analysis, as Nagy
said, was blunt: "Increased incidence of diseases will be attributable to degradation of normal preventive medicine, waste disposal, water purification-distribution, electricity and decreased ability to control disease outbreaks." Nagy
gets tearful discussing the document.
"Switch the nouns," said Nagy
, who immigrated to America in 1949 and considers it his
savior."Imagine if the document had read, `U.S. Water Treatment Vulnerabilities,' " and it described in detail how to spread epidemic to the U.S. civilian population.
"It would be called terrorism," he
...Author: Thomas J. Nagy
is an ex-refugee, ex-public health postdoctoral fellow, pacifist, parent, and professor at George Washington University
in Washington, D.C.