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Essays on War by NPR's Scott Simon

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more More NPR commentaries about the war in Iraq.

March 2003 -- NPR's Scott Simon, host of Weekend Edition Saturday, offers his thoughts on the war in Iraq and subsequent events in a series of essays.

Listen Weapons of Mass Destruction
NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the decision to expand a team searching for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq -- and skepticism that they will be found. But he notes that estimates of the number of people tortured and killed under Saddam Hussein's regime continue to rise.
Saturday, May 31, 2003

Listen Life in Postwar Baghdad
Recently back from Baghdad, Simon finds that for many Iraqis liberation has been more destructive -- at least so far -- than any could have imagined. The looting of the city has left significant scars. But they are free.
Saturday, May 17, 2003

Listen Remembering Elizabeth Neuffer
Simon reflects on the loss of Boston Globe reporter Elizabeth Neuffer. She died May 9 in a car accident on the road from Tikrit to Baghdad. Weeks earlier, Simon traveled with her in Iraq. Neuffer's work took her to war zones around the world. She was 46.
Saturday, May 17, 2003

Listen CNN and Baghdad
NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the cost in human life of CNN's effort to operate a bureau in Baghdad under the regime of Saddam Hussein -- and the previously untold horror stories that have only recently emerged.
Saturday, April 12, 2003

Listen Michael Kelly Remembrance
Scott reflects on the death this week of Washington Post columnist and Atlantic Monthly editor Michael Kelly in Iraq.
Saturday, April 5, 2003

Listen 'And I'm a Soldier'
The contemporary role of women in the U.S. military was thrown into sharp relief with tape of Shoshana Johnson, a prisoner of war in Iraq. Before the war, a friend questioned why Johnson should go, pointing out that she's a woman and the mother of a toddler. "And I'm a soldier," Johnson replied.
Saturday, March 29, 2003

Listen Freedom for the Kurds
With Turkish troops poised to cross the border into northern Iraq, the Kurdish people of Iraq fear they'll become victims once again. They were gassed by Saddam Hussein's forces in 1988, and became the targets of the Iraqi military's "ethnic purification" campaign. Simon worries that the Kurds may have the most to lose of all those involved in this war.
Saturday, March 22, 2003

Listen People Under Those Bombs
Even with "smart" bombs designed to hit specific Iraqi military or leadership targets, innocent people will be injured and killed. But that must be weighed against the ultimate goal of freeing innocent people from Saddam Hussein's tyranny.
Saturday, March 22, 2003

Listen Those Who Surrender
As Iraqi soldiers throw up their hands in surrender, it's important to remember who they are and how they came to be part of Saddam Hussein's army.
Saturday, March 22, 2003

Prewar Essays

Speaking as a Frenchman, Scott Simon reflects on the position staked out by France in the debate over how to disarm Iraq. March 1, 2003.

Simon reflects on the human shields who have made their way to Iraq. Feb. 22, 2003.