Friday, January 30, 2004

HRW on Iraq

Juan Cole disagrees with HRW's argument that there was no humanitarian case to go to war with Saddam:

"In short, I believe that the United Nations Security Council was obliged
to remove Saddam Hussein from power on the basis of egregious violations
of the UN Convention on Genocide."

I agree with his point. Whether or not you agree with what Bush did it is hard not to accept that the international community has a moral obligation to intervene in circumstances of oppression. Unless you are part of the isolationist Right or radical Left.

It is an odd argument for HRW to make which is otherwise pretty sensible.

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