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A Matter of PrincipleHumanitarian Arguments for War in Iraq$
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Thomas Cushman, Gary Marx, and Christine Williams

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520244863

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520244863.001.0001

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“They Don’t Know One Little Thing”

“They Don’t Know One Little Thing”

(p.297) 21 “They Don’t Know One Little Thing”
A Matter of Principle

Pamela Bone

University of California Press

The quote that serves as the title for this chapter is by an Iraqi woman in Jordan, being interviewed by the BBC at the time of the toppling of the statue of Saddam Hussein. She provided this response when she was asked about antiwar protesters, together with other women who were gathered together to recount the horrors of the regime of Saddam Hussein. Some of the women's “sexual crimes” included having been raped by one of Saddam's sons. The emerging global consensus that human rights override national sovereignty broke down over Iraq. Iraq brought together the war against terrorism, Islam versus democracy, national sovereignty versus human rights, secularism versus religious fundamentalism. It badly needs the world to believe it can become a normal country.

Keywords:   Iraq, Saddam Hussein, sexual crimes, human rights, national sovereignty, terrorism, secularism, religious fundamentalism, Islam, democracy

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