It’s Better To Leave The Children In Prison And Wage Peace

It’s Better To Leave The Children In Prison And Wage Peace: All across the blogosphere, people have been talking about this story

“More than 100 children held in a prison celebrated their freedom as US marines rolled into northeast Baghdad amid chaotic scenes which saw civilians loot weapons from an army compound, a US officer said.

Around 150 children spilled out of the jail after the gates were opened as a US military Humvee vehicle approached, Lieutenant Colonel Fred Padilla told an AFP correspondent travelling with the Marines 5th Regiment.

“Hundreds of kids were swarming us and kissing us,” Padilla said.

“There were parents running up, so happy to have their kids back.”

“The children had been imprisoned because they had not joined the youth branch of the Baath party,” he alleged. “Some of these kids had been in there for five years.”

I’m guessing that this is the prison mentioned by Scott Ritter back in Sept of 2002…

“The prison in question is at the General Security Services headquarters, which was inspected by my team in Jan. 1998. It appeared to be a prison for children – toddlers up to pre-adolescents – whose only crime was to be the offspring of those who have spoken out politically against the regime of Saddam Hussein. It was a horrific scene. Actually I’m not going to describe what I saw there because what I saw was so horrible that it can be used by those who would want to promote war with Iraq, and right now I’m waging peace.”

Yes, unlike us “mean”, “racist”, “Fascist”, Conservative “Nazis”, Scott Ritter was “waging peace” along with Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, The majority of Democrats in Congress, the UN, France, Germany, Nelson Mandela, etc.

But, if they’d gotten their way, those kids would still be sitting in those cells, Saddam Hussein would still be enjoying his private fun park, and the more than twenty million Iraqis being liberated by Coalition forces could look forward to a lifetime of living under the iron boots of the Hussein clan.

All I can is that it feels very sweet to be on the right side of history…

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