Calgary Sun | Aug. 18, 2002 | Orest Slepokura

Sadam's 'actions' strike a sour note

Letters to the Editor | Calgary Sun | August 18, 2002

Sadam's 'actions' strike a sour note | Orest Slepokura

There were no outraged calls for a military strike against Iraq after Saddam gassed hundreds of Kurdish villagers at Halabja in 1988. In fact, the U.S. continued to extend its strong support for Saddam, then fighting America's old nemesis, Iran. The outrage came a couple years later, after Kuwaitis in exile, following the Iraqi invasion and occupation of their homeland, hired a PR firm to repeat the now largely discredited tale of Saddam's soldiers tossing babies out of incubators in Kuwaiti maternity wards, one the Sun's editorial "Stage set for waging war" (Aug. 11, 2002) is, I note, looking to revive somewhat. Ah, well. What's one false note when beating the war drums? It's not like we were being regaled with a piano sonata.

Orest Slepokura

Sun's editorial comment: (If it can be proven that Iraq is amassing weapons of mass destruction, prevention is a sound policy.)