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Never forget this evil (english)
15 Mar 2003
Modified: 16 Mar 2003
Vice Chair of Parliamentary Labour Party

THIS weekend marks the 15th anniversary of one of the worst atrocities against civilians in peace time.

On March 16, 1988, Saddam Husseinís airforce murdered 5,000 civilians and injured more than 10,000 when Halabja was bombarded with mustard gas and other poisons.

When I went to northern Iraq just two weeks ago, I went back to some of the villages attacked by chemical weapons.

I met an old man who remembered the sunny day when five planes overhead dropped what looked like balloons on his village. Three hundred men, women and children died.

Chirac ... business
with Saddam
The next day Iraqi soldiers came and another 450 people were herded like cattle into trucks and have never been seen again.

On the mountain top above the village there is a monument to those who died or disappeared.

It is the huge head of a man with his mouth wide open gasping for air.

What has changed in those 15 years? Not a lot.

Of course, since then the only Western leader to do business with Saddam remains French President Jacques Chirac.

In the meantime Saddam has continued to torture and kill. At least 200,000 Iraqi Shias in the marshes have been murdered and their homes destroyed.

The people of Halabja still suffer from very high rates of serious diseases such as cancer and birth defects. Today we must remember Halabja.

Remember those who just, in the last few months, have been ethnically cleansed, forced to leave their homes, just because they are Kurds.

Remember the thousands of people in Saddamís notorious prisons ó being beaten, tortured and executed.

Remember the woman professor, who gave birth in prison but had no milk to feed her baby. The baby died and she held the body in her arms for three days.

Remember the 15-year-old boy, who the guards nailed to a window frame.

And remember the plastic shredder, where prisoners were forced to watch as others were thrown in alive.

Most of all, on Halabja Day this Sunday, let us remember the Iraqi people who need our help. They cannot get rid of Saddam on their own. Let us have no more Halabjas.
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16 Mar 2003
Fine. You think its a good Idea to put an Entire Nation to War and kill 100,000 people to get rid of one brutal dictator? OK . Then are you for the US to Continue to KEEP AT WAR against ALL the other dictators we don't like?

You are both a Propagandist and an idiot.