September 12, 2002

Contact: Sarah Ray
Posted: September 11, 2002

Scott RitterMIDDLEBURY, Vt.-Scott Ritter, former chief weapons inspector for the United Nations Special Commission in Iraq, will give a talk titled "The Coming War With Iraq: How Did We Get Here?" on Monday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Middlebury College Center for the Arts on South Main Street (Route 30). Both the talk and a reception immediately following it are free and open to the public.

A former major in the United States Marines, Ritter is an ardent critic of the current Bush administration's plans for war against Iraq. Ritter participated in 30 inspection missions during the 1990s, 14 of them as chief. His talk will include his assessment of the state of Iraq's military capabilities, particularly in the area of weapons of mass destruction. He will also discuss the U.N. sanctions against Iraq, which he believes have had a devastating impact on the Iraqi people.

For more information, contact Charlotte Tate at the Middlebury College Center for International Affairs at or 802-443-5795.