Peaceniks Have Killed 650,000 In Iraq
Turn the clock to 1991 when CNN’s “Highway of Death” footage stopped the Gulf War far short of Baghdad. Saddam Hussein followed with his own “drain the swamp” retaliation of draining the marshes of southern Iraq near the Kuwait border, displacing 200,000 Marsh Arabs, Human Rights Watch reported, which said:
“Numbering some 250,000 people as recently as 1991, the Marsh Arabs today are believed to number fewer than 40,000 in their ancestral homeland. Many have been arrested, ‘disappeared,’ or executed; most have become refugees abroad or are internally displaced in Iraq as a result of Iraqi oppression. The population and culture of the Marsh Arabs, who have resided continuously in the marshlands for more than 5,000 years, are being eradicated.”
200,000 people arrested, disappeared, executed or displaced. And that is just in one section of Iraq.
All in all, Human Rights Watch said Saddam had killed more than 250,000 people in the uprisings in 1991.
Give peace a chance.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair said in 2003:
“Over the past five years, 400,000 Iraqi children under the age of five died of malnutrition and disease, preventively, but died because of the nature of the regime under which they are living.”
That's 650,000 dead because of Western leaders' fear of, or affinity with, the Peace Movement's and peacenik reporters' belief that no one anywhere for any reason should ever die as a result of military action.
Now we're poised for the next Peace Blitz to end another war before it should end. Everything about this one tells me that if that happens, the body count is going to far exceed anything the aging hippies and their hangers-on ever expected.
And this time it won't be just Asians and Arabs dying. It'll be Americans, too.
Hat-tip: Real Clear Politics Reader Articles
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