Iraq redux

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THE usual rhetoric of self-righteous indignation has been flowing out of Washington, London, Paris, and Brussels (where the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, is based) in recent days. It was on Iraq and Saddam Hussein in 2003 on the eve of the US invasion of that country. Today it’s on Libya and Muammar Gaddafi.

US President Barack Obama said something to the effect that history is moving against Gaddafi, even as his opponent in the 2008 US elections, Senator John McCain, declared his alleged concern for the lives of “innocent civilians being attacked and massacred from the air.” McCain’s statement was an implicit expression of support for the US-UK proposal for the UN to declare Libya a no-fly zone to stop the Libyan air force from bombing rebel positions.

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