Friday, July 03, 2009

It's not the lies but the silences

here is a link to the Christian Science Monitor's  report on the recently released transcripts of the FBI's conversations with Saddam Hussein after he was captured. The report emphasizes the fact that Hussein did not have  weapons of mass destruction, but somehow manages to pass over the fact that he tried to give the opposite impression. It usefully brings out an explanation for this: he was afraid of Iran. He worried that the inspectors would reveal his weakness.

The commenters on the article take all of this as more proof that Bush lied and people died. They seem to gloss over the fact that Hussein was actively trying to convince the world that he had  weapons mass destruction. After all, the years of dealing with the UN and Bill Clinton had reasonably convinced him that he had nothing to fear from defying them -- except of course for the sanctions which were starving his people.

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