11 October 2008

A Nobel Peace Prize winner after my own heart

... which is a rare thing these days.

Martti Ahtisaari is a Finn, and the lifelong diplomat. The Wall Street Journal gives us good reason to admire him, but my favorite was this paragraph:

In the early 1990s, he ran the U.N. mission to Iraq after the first Gulf War, watching Saddam Hussein's repression up close. Twelve years of frustrated diplomacy later, and against the grain of conventional European opinion, Mr. Ahtisaari found himself defending the U.S. invasion, the absence of a nuclear or biological weapons program notwithstanding. "Since I know that about a million people have been killed by the government of Iraq, I do not need much those weapons of mass destruction," he said.

For all of Barack Obama's bluster at the debate about preventing genocide, why did he oppose the liberation of Iraq, where genocide was underway?

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