Iraqis Deserve to Be Liberated: Sometimes It Is Necessary to InterfereApril 8, 2003
Questions not being asked by many who oppose the war:
Why do Some / Many / Most Iraqis support the war?
How severe are human rights violations in Iraq?
Dictatorship has killed hundreds of thousands of people over the past 25 years
Some estimates suggest over 2 million people have been killed when you take into account the wars Iraq has launched against Iran, Kuwait, and the internal efforts to eliminate or forcibly relocate Kurds and Shia.
Based on this - I strongly believe Iraqi people want armed overthrow of Saddam Hussein and the Baathist dictatorship
US led war would not be my first choice
US led war of liberation, is the only option available to the Iraqi people at any point in foreseeable future
Elie Wiesel supports armed force: “Sometimes it is necessary to interfere”
Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes that man may be compelled to rebel against tyranny and oppression. As does our Declaration of Independence
Int’l Covenant on Civil & Political Rights – recognizes right of all people to self-determination
The Iraqi National Congress (INC) and other established opposition groups speak for the Iraqi people AND they have called for the use of military force by the US and its allies – it is legal. No other voice is available to people living under totalitarianism – as the grip of terror is loosened, more will be able to speak from within Iraq
UN Security Council Failed to Intervene in Rwanda – over 800,000 died – this is unacceptable – Sitting on the Security Council at the time & debating the UN role was a representative of the genocidal regime of Rwanda
Concept of sovereignty and the Charter itself should not protect a brutal dictator at the expense of the people over which he rules
UN Security Council, and permanent members in particular, is not a neutral benevolent tribunal – Russia & France exercise their veto authority not based on interests of Iraqi people but on basis of what its govt decides is in its own national interest (as does Govt of USA).
The US will attempt to control the new Iraqi government to too great of an extent
The Saudis and to a lesser extent, the Turks, Syrians, Jordanians, will attempt to undermine Iraqi efforts at establishing some level of democracy
1980-88 – Iran-Iraq war started by IRAQ; close to 1 million killed on each side / Basra was in a state of siege for years / infrastructure devastated
Shia religious leadership killed or deported
Upwards of 300,000 Shia Arab and Kurds expelled to Iran by the early 1980s
By 1987 close to 200,000 Kurds disappeared – today as more territory is liberated families are hoping to identify fates of the disappeared
Communist Party members, approx 7,000 executed in late 1970s
Baath Party has probably killed more Baath Party members than will be killed in this war.
1991 Intifada (stemming from betrayal by USA) perhaps 80,000 killed by Iraq in the South and North.
Oil - Iraq produces 2% of world oil supply
France’s TotalFinaElf oil conglomerate has among greatest interests currently in Iraq. As does Russia – Iraq has a debt to Russia of between $10 and 12 billion US dollars
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