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Sunday, March 23, 2003
 
Iraq and the Geneva Convention

I don't see what good compliance with the Convention will do the Iraqi regime. Our stated goal is to destroy it utterly. Every reasonable assessment says it will be destroyed. It will no longer exist to be punished.

It's by virtue of the Iraqi government's "evil" that we're there in the first place. Why are we whining about the prisoners' piddling not-very-bad treatment even as we assert far worse as having a matter of course there? "Saddam--who gassed his own people, runs them through plastic shredders, dissolves them live in acid, withholds medical attention to millions of children, and is mean to his dog--put some POWs on camera. Wow. He's even worse than we thought."

This, even as every US cable and network station is showing footage of Iraqi prisoners.

Can't we even be rational? This is important, dammit.