Some on the Left finally See the Light

-----------Left Wing Village Voice editor Speaks Out against Anti-War Zealots
Left Wing Village Voice editor Nat Hentoff recalling that he marched against the Vietnam War, says he won’t be joining the Iraqi anti-war protesters this time around – and he explains why.
Clinton Let 800,000 Die

He even had harsh words for the left’s adored Bill Clinton, who "refused to act in Rwanda (as did the UN); instructing the State Department not to use the word genocide because then the United States would be expected to do something. And President Clinton instructed Madeleine Albright, then our representative to the UN, to block any possible attempts to intervene despite Kofi Annan. Some 800,000 lives could have been saved." 

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Other reasons why Hentoff is enraged at Saddam Hussein’s brutal regime:
 
As Amnesty International, for whom human rights are not just a slogan, charges: "Common methods of physical torture included electric shocks or cigarette burns to various parts of the body, pulling out fingernails, rape. ... Two men, Zaher al-Zuhairi and Fares Kadhem Akia, reportedly had their tongues cut out for slandering the president by members of Feda'iyye Saddam, a militia created in 1994. The amputations took place in a public square in Diwaniya City, south of Baghdad." 

As John Burns also wrote in January: "History may judge that the stronger case [for an American-led invasion] ... was the one that needed no [forbidden arms] inspectors to confirm: that Saddam Hussein, in his 23 years in power, plunged this country into a bloodbath of medieval proportions, and exported some of that terror to his neighbors." 

As Tony Blair, whose political career was near extinction, told the House of the Commons: "We must face the consequences of the actions we advocate. For me, that means all the dangers of war. But for others, opposed to this course, it means — let us be clear — that the Iraqi people, whose only true hope of liberation lies in the removal of Saddam, for them, the darkness will close back over them again; and he will be free to take his revenge upon those he must know wish him gone. 

"And if this house now demands that at this moment, faced with this threat from this regime, that British troops are pulled back, that we turn away at the point of reckoning, and that is what it means — what then? 

"What will Saddam feel? Strengthened beyond measure. What will the other states who tyrannise their people, the terrorists who threaten our existence, what will they take from that? ... Who will celebrate and who will weep?" 

As Lawrence Borok wrote to the the New York Times' letters section, which he noted "is sometimes more penetrating than the editorials": "As someone who was very active in the [anti-Vietnam War] protests, I think that the antiwar activists are totally wrong on this one. Granted, President Bush's insensitive policies in many areas dear to liberals (I am one) naturally make me suspicious of his motives. But even if he's doing it for all the wrong reasons, have they all forgotten about the Iraqi people?" 

And, in the New York Times Magazine on March 23, Michael Ignatieff, a longtime human rights investigator, wrote of "14,000 'writers, academics, and other intellectuals' — many of them my friends — [who] published a petition against the war ... condemning the Iraqi regime for its human rights violations and supporting 'efforts by the Iraqi opposition to create a democratic, multi-ethnic, and multireligious Iraq.'" But they say, he adds, that waging war at this time is "morally unacceptable." 

"I wonder," Ignatieff wrote — as I also wonder — "what their support for the Iraqi opposition amounts to." 

Sorry, appeasement demonstrators, Nat Hentoff won’t be marching with you this time.