February 16, 2003

Now Just Imagine What the

Now Just Imagine What the Scientists Would Say If They Were Allowed Out of Iraq!

John Burns has an important piece in today's NYT. Bottom line: There are some misgivings about the duration of an American led conflict, collateral damage (let's be clear, civilian deaths), target selection and how the post-conflict situation will be handled by the U.S. That said, at least according to the men veteran correspondent Burns found in Amman, Iraqis are all but begging the U.S. to go into Baghdad and liberate them from the yoke of Saddam's tyranny.

"Gathered around kerosene heaters in their tenements, the Iraqi men talk of a coming conflict, and what it will mean for them and their families. Since all gatherings inside Iraq take place in the shadow of Mr. Hussein's terror, with police spies lurking in every neighborhood, the talk in Amman offers a chance to discover what at least some Iraqis really think, and what they hope for now. Almost to a man, these Iraqis said they wanted the Iraqi dictator removed. Better still, they said and it was a point made again and again they wanted him dead. The men, some in their teens, some in their 50's, told of grotesque repression, of relatives and friends tortured, raped and murdered or, as often, arrested and "disappeared."

Pity the vast majority of the anti-war protestors who marched yesterday won't see this piece. Of course, it likely wouldn't change many minds. There is a reflexive disdain and innate suspicion of all U.S. led actions that unites large swaths of the left. Still, such a piece would make fair-minded dissenters pause (if they gave a damn about the fate of an entire Arab nation--which they very well may not).

The problem with all this, of course, is that the war may not be short, innocents may die in significant numbers, a post-war American administration might lag longer than expected (given tribal/sectarian rifts). But isn't this a risk worth taking given Saddam's people yearn for freedom and the U.S. has made a strategic decision to rid him of his WMD-capability which, despite feckless French prattle to the contrary at the UNSC, Saddam defiantly refuses to do per 1441?

Posted by Gregory at February 16, 2003 06:50 PM
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