Friday, 15 April 2011

Another mass grave found in Iraq

Christopher Hitchens about another of the mass graves in Iraq

The BBC reports about another mass grave found in Iraq:

Iraqi officials have found a mass grave containing the bodies of more than 800 people thought to have been executed during Saddam Hussein's rule.
"There were shots to the head, there were men, women and children," said Human Rights Minister Mohammed Sudani.
The grave was found in Iraq's western Anbar province. The remains are thought to be from the 1980-88 Iraq-Iran war.
Rights groups say there are hundreds of graves in Iraq with the bodies of up to 300,000 people killed under Saddam.
"This mass grave represents one of the ugliest crimes of the former regime and a huge violation of human rights," said Mr Sudani of the latest find in Anbar.

Saddam Hussein was, if possible, an even more bloodthirsty dictator than Libya´s Gaddafi. President George W. Bush was right when he decided to get rid of Hussein, in spite of the fact that the war was not sanctioned by the UN Security Council, mainly because of French and German opposition for (opportunistic) reasons of  domestic policy and trade. Nobody denies that serious mistakes were made after first succesful operations, but still Bush was right to intervene, even if no weapons of mass destruction were not found (later). With the active support and participation of France and Germany, the task in Iraq would have been much easier.

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