Pro/Anti-Saddam Prof Slams Iraqi Elections

Professor Sinan Antoon, an Iraqi who teaches Arabic language and literature at Dartmouth, has declared the recent Iraqi elections unfair and illegitimate.

He told the Valley News that life under Saddam Hussein in the 1980s was comfortable, with access to socialist-style health care and education. He blames coalition forces for impoverishing Iraq after the 1991 Gulf War, and he blames the United States for the loss of “all the basics of modern life” after the 2003 invasion. Nonetheless, Antoon said he “hated Saddam” and “wanted him to go”—but he opposed removing Saddam because nobody asked if the Iraqis wanted to be liberated.

“On the surface we’re all for fair elections, but if you look into the nitty-gritty it just doesn’t make sense,” he told the Valley News. He added that “you cannot have legitimate elections under occupation even if Mother Teresa is occupying you. It just doesn’t work.”