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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

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April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

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Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

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April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

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Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

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Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

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Jewish World Review Dec. 13, 2006 / 22 Kislev, 5767

Mr. Baker, remember Iraq in '91?

By Jonathan Gurwitz

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There was something exquisite about U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan making his pronouncement about Iraq the same week James Baker and Robert Gates returned to prominence in Washington.

Annan allowed that Saddam Hussein was a brutal dictator. But for the average Iraqi, he said, life was better under the Baathist regime than it is today. "They had their streets," he told the BBC, "they could go out, their kids could go to school and come back home without a mother or father worrying, 'Am I going to see my child again?'"

I wonder which Iraqis Annan was thinking about, which streets were safe. Not the ones the dictator's son Odai prowled for women to rape.

I wonder which kids he had in mind. Not the ones in Halabja and 40 other Kurdish villages who suffered agonizing deaths from chemical weapons and were among 180,000 victims of Saddam's Anfal campaign.

I wonder which parents he believes had a carefree existence. Not the Shiite mothers and fathers of southern Iraq, 150,000 of whom Saddam tortured and slaughtered when they mistakenly believed liberation was at hand and rose up in rebellion.

The carnage in Iraq today is real and terrible, brought into focus by the international press corps. The media weren't nearly so interested in the Baathist body count. And in the exceptional instances when they were, the Orwellian controls imposed by the dictatorship made it next to impossible to document the bloodletting.

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Instead of satellite broadcasts in living color, we have to rely on grainy video culled from Saddam's torture video archive.

Rather than the smooth talking heads of CNN or Al-Jazeera, we have the raw testimony of eyewitnesses in Saddam's genocide trial. Taimor Abdellah Rokhzai went on the stand last month. He was 12 in 1988 when Saddam's troops emptied his village.

"There was a trench. We were lined up. A soldier fired directly at us," the Associated Press reported him telling the court. "I saw my mother's head scarf fall, my sisters and relatives were bleeding and then they all died.

"I saw bullets hitting a woman's head and her brain coming out. I saw a pregnant woman shot and killed."

The cries of these parents and children are beyond the range of Annan's tender ear. They are also, evidently, beyond the range of so-called foreign policy realists.

Realists like James Baker, who as a Cabinet secretary and member of the National Security Council during the Reagan administration urged a rapprochement with Saddam as he was gassing Kurds. Who, as secretary of state in 1991, urged restraint when the butcher of Baghdad was slaughtering Shiites foolish enough to heed the first President Bush's call to "take matters into their own hands and force Saddam Hussein ... to step aside."

Realists like newly confirmed Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who was deputy director of central intelligence during the Anfal campaign and deputy national security adviser during the Shiite rebellion.

There is already enough tragedy in Iraq for Iraqis and Americans alike. In assessing what's gone wrong during the past four years, we shouldn't compound that tragedy by forgetting — or excusing — what came before.

In their zeal to attack George W. Bush, critics of the Iraq war would do well to remember that it was the Kofi Annans of the world and their realist abettors in the United States who allowed Saddam to rule brutally and slaughter mercilessly for three decades.

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