Friday, January 31, 2003

Here's a new spin I hadn't heard before. Iraq's oft-cited gassing of the Kurds may be less clear-cut than it seems. Yes, I was skeptical too when I started it, but apparently that episode is quite murky. If the gassing ocurred as an act of war, or was even released by Iran and not Iraq at all, it does not become any less tragic, just less convincing as a premeditated act of terror targetting civilians. I still don't buy the whole U.S. imperialism arguments the writer seems to go into at the end, but the uncertainty surrounding the gas-poisoning does effectively erode the human rights motivation for invasion...


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