MESOP TODAYS EDITORIAL : “PROUD OF HIM!” / HALABJA MEMORIAL

The pilot who defied Saddam’s orders to gas Halabja

KIRKUK, Kurdistan Region — In a neighborhood of Kirkuk lives a family of a Baathist-executed Iraqi air force pilot.  The pilot Aydn Mustafa defied orders from Saddam Hussein, refusing to drop poisonous gasses on March 16, 1988, when 5,000 people were killed, 10,000 were injured and many continue to suffer from lingering effects.  Mustafa, a Turkmen, was born in 1949 in Kirkuk. He was held in solitary confinement until being executed August 29, 1988.  Mustafa’s family and friends now take great pride in Mustafa’s inactions. www.mesop.de