Iraqi Kurdistan Teaches that Military Intervention can Work

(The Spectator - UK) - John Slinger Back in the late 1980s when Saddam Hussein was terrorising Iraq's civilians, and his genocide against the Kurds was reaching its peak with the vicious Anfal campaign, the international community did nothing. It deliberately and shamefully ignored his numerous chemical weapons and other attacks in order to maintain trade and contain Iran. It was only after we removed Saddam from Kuwait and had encouraged the Shias and Kurds to rise up, that John Major took the brave decision in 1991 to impose a No Fly Zone. The Kurds still remember this with huge gratitude. Ultimately, we did what was morally right, irrespective of our immediate national or strategic interests. John Slinger is a strategic communications consultant and member of Labour Friends of Iraq.

2013-06-11 00:00:00

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