Lamenting evil - but whose?

by Richard on May 26, 2004

Randy links to this lament for the victims of Halabja. (Reminder: On March 16, 1988, Saddam Hussein killed 5000 Kurds in the village using chemical weapons). To my mind, though, there is just the faintest whiff of hypocrisy about this “film”. At the time of the massacre it laments, Saddam was an ally of the west and armed by the US and Britain (among others). There is every likelihood that the chemicals used in the massacre were delivered by US-supplied Bell helicopters. During the 1980’s the US agriculture department’s Commodity Credit Corporation gave Saddam billions of dollars of loan guarantees, enabling him to finance the purchase of all kinds of terrible stuff, including the wherewithal to produce poison gas. Saddam Hussein was an evil dictator, an abuser of human rights, an enemy of freedom. But he was kept in power because he suited Western interests at the time.

As we weep for the victims of Halabja, they should be tears of repentance as well as sorrow.

I tried to leave this as a comment on Randy’s site, but the server wasn’t playing. :(

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Jonathan 05.26.04 at 2:30 pm

This sort of stuff seems to be the new “spin” that’s being put on the Abu Ghraib torture scandal. “Oh sure we rape guys with broomsticks and make them simulate sex acts on each other, and sometimes we beat them to death, but LOOKIT WHAT SADDAM DID!” The day we try to justify our actions because they’re not quite as bad as the other guy’s is the day we know for sure we’ve lost all sense of moral direction…

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Bene Diction 05.26.04 at 10:35 pm

A lot of servers aren’t playing today.
grrrrrr.

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