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"The Black Book of Saddam Hussein"

1:18 PM, Dec 15, 2005 • By DANIEL MCKIVERGAN
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From the Wall Street Journal, December 9, 2005:

Even as Saddam Hussein's trial and the dramatic witness testimonies about his crimes are broadcast live across the world, doubts about the legitimacy of the war continue to get a lot of media attention. But thanks to a Frenchman -- no, that's no typo -- we can obtain a fresh moral perspective on why the coalition invasion of Iraq and the continuing battle against extremists in that country served, and serves, the cause of justice.

Just out in Paris, "Le Livre Noir De Saddam Hussein" (The Black Book of Saddam Hussein) chronicles the mind-numbing death toll and suffering in Saddam's Iraq during more than three decades of non-intervention. Each terror attack is today played out live on TV to bolster the anti-Bush camp's claims of a war gone awry, But the butcher of Baghdad terrorized his people with impunity on a mass scale until the horror show was ended by allied troops in 2003.

"The American war was perhaps not a good solution to put an end to Saddam Hussein's dictatorship. But, as this book shows, after 35 years of a dictatorship of exceptional violence which destroyed Iraqi civil society and created millions of victims, there wasn't a good option," the book's editor, journalist Chris Kutschera, writes in his introduction. Coming from a French journalist, that's a rather large concession. But no wonder. The 700-page account of Saddam's crimes destroys all claims to the cause of "peace" by the war's opponents.