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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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“Why Did It Take You So Long to Get Here?”

“Why Did It Take You So Long to Get Here?”

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A Matter of Principle

Ann Clwyd

University of California Press

Journalism in Iraq now offered possibilities of a stimulating career as all forms of media blossomed in post-Saddam Iraq. The evidence of atrocities had been growing since the early years of the Saddam regime. The Convention on Genocide appeared to work against its stated ambition, as it became more important to avoid triggering any legal duty to act by using the word genocide than to act against the abuses. INDICT showed how the politics of solidarity and human rights had developed by the mid-1990s. The aftermath of regime change in Iraq shows how much work needs to be done in planning for the rebuilding of countries that have been scarred by conflict. This chapter begins by recalling a student asking why it had taken the international community so long to act against Saddam. The answer touches on the history of the solidarity movement.

Keywords:   Iraq, Saddam, solidarity movement, genocide, INDICT, human rights

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