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November 27, 2005

Worse than Under Saddam

The last threads of justification for the Iraq War have fallen apart:

Abuse of human rights in Iraq is as bad now as it was under Saddam Hussein, if not worse, former prime minister Iyad Allawi said in an interview published on Sunday.

"People are doing the same as (in) Saddam Hussein's time and worse. It is an appropriate comparison," Allawi told British newspaper The Observer.

"People are remembering the days of Saddam," said Allawi..."These are the precise reasons why we fought Saddam Hussein and now we are seeing the same things.

"We are hearing about secret police, secret bunkers where people are being interrogated," said Allawi in an apparent reference to the discovery of a bunker at the Shi'ite-run Interior Ministry where 170 men were held prisoner, beaten, half-starved and in some cases tortured.

I always had sympathy for those who argued we had to intervene in Iraq to end Hussein's systematic abuse of human rights, but I opposed the war because just putting new people with guns in charge rarely ends such problems. And Bush's defense of torture by US forces is just advertising to our clients in Iraq and other dictators around the world that human rights are pretty much as disposable as tissue paper.

So it's hardly surprising that Bush's misadventure can't even be justified on the most limited bar of making Iraq better than under a miserable despot like Saddam Hussein.

Posted by Nathan at November 27, 2005 08:44 AM