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Last updated on August 9th, 2017 at 04:01 pm
Longtime Labor Party member Jim Nolan on the reasons for war:
It is beyond dispute that Saddam was a genocidal fascist psychopath whose crimes against his own people were legion – including a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Kurds and the Marsh Arabs. In addition, he committed major acts of environmental vandalism against the habitat of the Marsh Arabs and the Kuwaiti oilfields. Iraq’s President Talibani recently reminded us that Ba’athist Iraq was the longest lived fascist regime in history. Hitchens rightly described Saddam’s Iraq as a ‘charnel house above ground and mass grave below’. All of this was widely known before March 2003 yet, disingenuously, Saddam’s crimes were sidelined when the debate on the war broke out …
Labor’s present Iraq policy quietly steps around the consequences of ‘cut and run’ while remaining shamefully silent on the reasons why the world is a much improved place thanks to Saddam’s removal.
Labor could use a few more Nolans.