Saturday, October 16, 2004
"No War" eh? Well, whatever the US did, there would have been a war. If it was not the Coalition invasion, it would have been Saddam's troops butchering the Kurds. Only enforcement of the no-fly zones kept Saddam's soldiers out of the Kurdish region, and there would have been no legal reason to maintain them once sanctions were lifted.
Either way, invade or not, there would have been war. Without the invasion, probably tens of thousands of Kurdish civilians would have been massacred, and the US would have been charged with abandoning the Kurds and allowing it to happen. As far as world opinion is concerned, the US was going to be villified for causing war and killing tens of thousands of civilians no matter what it did in Iraq, whether invade or withdraw.
(Image from Cox and Forkum. Hosted at Flickr. Mug tip to Daniel W. Casey.)