Monday, October 17, 2005

Lance in Iraq

"And more from partisan journalist Christiane Amanpour:
'Many people are very concerned, they say, that it is only since the war that these [ethnic and religious] differences have reared their very ugly heads,' she said, adding moments later, 'People are very, very concerned about the possibility that somehow in the future their country will lose its unity and will be fragmented.'
...To hear Amanpour relay it, during Operation Anfal when Iraq was bombarding Kurd villages with chemical weapons and hauling untold thousands of men, women, and children off to mass graves, the Kurds must have been thinking, 'Well, at least we are all Iraqis. At least, God forbid, our nation has not lost its unity or is fragmented.' And when Saddam Hussein drained the southern marshlands as retaliation against Muslim Shiites that had rebelled in the aftermath of the first Gulf War, killing or making refugees out of all but 40,000 of the 450,000 inhabitants, Amanpour seems to believe it was not Sunnis killing Shiites, but simply Iraqis killing Iraqis. (The marshlands, according to the United Nations Environment Program, are recovering at a 'phenomenal rate' in the aftermath of this divisive war. Surely Amanpour doesn't believe Shiites would prefer to be unified as dead Iraqis rather than fragmented as living Shiites.) "

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