WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Scott Ritter, the controversial former
chief weapons inspector for the United Nation's Special
Commission on Iraq, will present a lecture, "The Coming
War with Iraq: How Did We Get Here?," Tuesday, March
4, at 7 pm in Alumnae Hall at Wellesley College.
Ritter has been labeled a hero by some, a maverick by others,
and a spy by the Iraqi government. In charge of searching
out weapons of mass destruction within Iraq, Ritter was
on the front lines of the ongoing battle against arms proliferation.
His experience in enemy territory served as the basis for
his book Endgame, which explored the shortcomings of American
foreign policy in the Persian Gulf region and alternative
approaches to handling the Iraqi crisis.
More recently Ritter has returned to Iraq for a different
cause. Filming a documentary, Endgame: Closing the File
on Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction, he is bringing
to light the death of more than 1.2 million Iraqis due to
United Nations economic sanctions. This documentary shows
the effects that sanctions are having on the Iraqi people
while presenting a hard line on issues of international
justice and global security.
Ritter's powerful interviews with world leaders such as
Kofi Annan, secretary general of the United Nations, Tariq
Aziz, vice-prime minister of Iraq and Vladamir Putin, acting
president and minister of Russia, give an eye-opening view
of America and the ramifications of the U.S. foreign policy
from the international community's perspective.
Founded in 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in
liberal arts and the education of women for more than 125
years. The College's 500-acre campus near Boston is home
to 2,300 undergraduate students.