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The S.O.B. Was Right

Andrew Sullivan has dug up an unbelievable quote about the Kiddie Gulag they found in Iraq. It’s from Scott Ritter in an interview with Time magazine from last year:

“The prison in question was inspected by my team in Jan. 1998. It appeared to be a prison for children – toddlers up to pre-adolescents – whose only crime was to be the offspring of those who have spoken out politically against the regime of Saddam Hussein. It was a horrific scene. Actually I’m not going to describe what I saw there because what I saw was so horrible that it can be used by those who would want to promote war with Iraq, and right now I’m waging peace.”

Parse the morality here: I saw an unspeakably horrible kiddie torture house. I could tell you about it, but that might result in people trying to do something about it. And, since that would not be peaceful, better I keep quiet and help perpetuate a regime which will torture more children. If this doesn’t constitute peace-at-all-costs idiocy, I don’t know what does. But the jerk is right about one thing, if I’d known about a chamber of horrors, I would have used the information to advocate doing something about it.


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