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Saturday, February 01, 2003

Surprise! Hesiod Is Not Giving Me Gas!

OK, good job by Hesiod, who counters some laughable spin on the NY Times op-ed page in a piece by Pelletiere that says:

The accusation that Iraq has used chemical weapons against its citizens is a familiar part of the debate. The piece of hard evidence most frequently brought up concerns the gassing of Iraqi Kurds at the town of Halabja in March 1988, near the end of the eight-year Iran-Iraq war. President Bush himself has cited Iraq's "gassing its own people," specifically at Halabja, as a reason to topple Saddam Hussein.

But the truth is, all we know for certain is that Kurds were bombarded with poison gas that day at Halabja. We cannot say with any certainty that Iraqi chemical weapons killed the Kurds....

OK, the author is NOT saying, "Saddam did not gas the Kurds". He IS saying "Saddam may not have gassed the Kurds at Halabja". Rather than commence screaming at Bush, Hesiod noted the distinction and found links to other stories of Saddam gassing the Kurds.

Here is a discussion of the "who gassed whom?" question. The NY Times Book Review has some back and forth on this. And check "Best of the Web", which pounced on the Times on Friday.

UPDATE: Some Laugh Out Loud letters rebutting the Times; a TNR de-bunking of the Times. When they are wrong, they are wrong.

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