Ann Clwyd, the liberal British member of Parliament, reports in The Guardian how her recent visit to Iraq provided even more proof that the removal of Saddam Hussein was justified.
In fact, the liberation of Iraq seems to have been justified 2 million times.
Clwyd, who chaired the human rights organization Indict, remains mystified by the pseudo-liberals who repeatedly found excuses to allow Saddam’s continued cruelty. "Such a regime forfeited the right to be tolerated by liberal opinion," she says.
"Some will continue to argue that internal repression is not a matter of legitimate concern for other countries. I disagree. There are basic human rights that must be defended. The strict adherence to state sovereignty as the defining factor in international law, far from being a guard against acts of aggression, has become a barrier that allows oppression to continue unchecked by the international community. Who would now say that it was correct not to intervene in Rwanda?"
Clwyd makes a convincing indictment of Saddam and his defenders. However, she might have noted that even the United Nations took note of Saddam’s repression, and told him to stop it. Adopted in 1991, U.N. Resolution 688 ordered Saddam to end his repression. And when Resolution 1441 was passed in 2002, Resolution 688 was cited as an obligation Saddam had never fulfilled.
Clwyd says the U.N. could have done more. It could have indicted Saddam, but certain fascist-friendly members of the Security Council wouldn't allow it.
"…Slobodan Milosevic was indicted while head of state by the U.N. war crimes tribunal. Why did the U.N. fail to do the same in the case of Iraq? My understanding is that the U.S. and Britain were blocked at the Security Council by China, Russia and France.
"The regime cost the lives of at least 2 million people through its wars and internal oppression, and 4 million Iraqis were forced to become refugees. According to estimates from U.S. AID, more than 270 mass graves have been found in Iraq. These alone should vindicate the war. That the world should have acted sooner, I have no doubt.
"The failure to intervene when genocide raged in Iraq, or in Cambodia, or in Rwanda, or in Bosnia, is shocking. The U.N. and its security council need to be reformed to reflect 21st-century reality and they must have the capacity to act effectively as well as to debate."
Ann Clwyd is a real liberal. She has helped lead Iraq to freedom, the first condition for a lasting peace. If the anti-liberation crowd had its way, Saddam would still be making war on the Iraqis.
Yes, battles continue in Iraq, but finally, thanks to good, progressive leaders like Clwyd, the war is ending.