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~Former UN Weapons Inspector To Speak at Wellesley College~

For immediate release:
Feb. 27, 2003

Arlie Corday,

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.


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