Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2003 10:22:02 -0800 (PST)

Did U.S. set off oil well fires in first Gulf War?

Irvine -- How is the experience of Gulf War veterans relevant to the current War against Iraq?

It leads to suspicion about current American military rationales and press briefings, according to Joyce Riley, spokesperson for the American Gulf War Veterans Association.

Riley suggests that the Pentagon, having lied to us about what happened before, is doing so again. She has heard from American veterans who claim the U.S. -- not Saddam's troops -- set fire to the oil wells in the first Gulf War.

Many American veterans -- and their offspring -- also fell sick after serving in the first Gulf War. A documentary, The Hidden Wars of Desert Storm, describes the use of depleted uranium in U.S. weaponry deployed in that war.

Riley, a registered nurse and an inactive USAF reservist, notes that the U.S. fabricated the story of Saddam Husein's Republican Guards throwing out babies from incubators. And more recently, the UN has charged that the U.S. relied on fake documents in the prelude to this war.

We chat with Riley on KUCI's Subversity, a public affairs program, airing today from 4-5 p.m. pacific time on KUCI, 88.9 fm in Orange County, and web-cast at the same time via KUCI broadcasts from the campus of the University of California, Irvine.

During the show, call 949 824 5824 to chat with Riley, or email


American Gulf War Veterans Association

Hidden Wars of Desert Storm [documentary]

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