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Post by c0rporatekiddo » Sat Oct 25, 2003 1:12 pm

I am making a speech on Desert Storm to my 10th grade class and am researching.. might i ask who Tariq Aziz is, and what country is he from? I see his name on the Chronology of the war. :?:
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Post by Hawk » Sun Oct 26, 2003 8:46 am


8) This should help,

Tariq Aziz
Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz is something of an anomaly among Iraqi officials, both because he is a Christian and because he is not related to Saddam's Tikriti clan.
Aziz was born in 1936 in the northern city of Mosul to a family of little means. He was originally named Michael Yuhanna but changed his name to Tariq Aziz, which means "glorious past", to be more acceptable to the Muslim majority.
Aziz studied English literature at the Baghdad College of Fine Arts, and launched a career as a journalist in 1985. He worked at several Iraqi newspapers, and was chief editor at two: al-Jamaheer and al-Thawra, the Ba'ath Party's newspaper. It was during this time that Aziz first met Saddam Hussein.
His support for the Ba'ath Party strong, he began to rise through the ranks of Iraqi politics after his party came to power in 1968. He served as a member of the Regional Command, the Ba'ath party's highest governing unit, from 1974 to 1977, and in 1977 became a member of Saddam's Revolutionary Command Council.
In 1979, Aziz was named Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq, where his primary role is to act as diplomat and explain Iraq's policies to the world. In 1980, shortly after assuming his new leadership role, he survived an assassination attempt, which was reportedly Iranian-backed.

When Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, Aziz served as the international spokesman in support of the military action, saying the move was justified because Kuwait's increased oil production was dampening Iraqi oil revenues. He has condemned Arab states for "subservience to the United States' hegemony in the Middle East and their support for punitive sanctions."
Aziz blamed the United States rather than the United Nations for the sanctions that followed the Gulf War, believing they were implemented as a result of U.S. government policies. He used these beliefs to back the expulsion of Americans working for the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM) in 1997.
-- By Jessica Moore, Online NewsHour

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good luck on your speech, an interseting item to consider including in your speech is the fact many Veterans from the Gulf War are still suffering from what is called the Gulf War Syndrome and how our goverment is dragging its feet in helping them. It would help your class gain an understanding into wars hidden costs, and how our goverment is failing to support those it is obligated to particularly in light of recent militery actions in Afganistan, and Iraq. :cry: :x :cry:
I am only one but I am one. I can not do everything but I can Do something And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do What I can do I should do And what I should do by the grace of God I will do. Edward E. Hale
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