Published on Sunday, June 26th, 2005

After 5 years of investigation by 7 government agencies; surveillance, intercepting mail, email and faxes, bugging offices and hotel rooms (not to mention the cost of all this) the government came up with nothing linking Dr. Dhafir to terrorism. And yet since the day of Dr. Dhafir’s arrest the government has continuously insinuated a connection. I commend your paper for finally addressing this issue in Wednesday’s editorial. I hope your paper continues to dig still deeper in this particular case.

In the 1990s, while many of us were content to look the other way, Dr. Dhafir responded to the overwhelming humanitarian crisis created by the US imposed sanctions on Iraq. One and a half million people died as a direct result of these sanctions. It is a tragedy that people in this community are content to look the other way while a gross injustice against a man of the utmost compassion and integrity is perpetrated.