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And if the US had just lifted the sanctions on Iraq as you and many others wished Im sure that Saddam would have never ever dreamed of doing another Halabja right Colin Powell United States Secretary of State said this sarcastically Halabja is an Iraqi city in which the Iraqi regime committed its most horrible crime against civilians on the 17th of March 1988 This city along with numerous others were bombarded by warplanes carrying chemical gasses more than 20 times It is estimated that between 500000 and 1000000 men women and children died in the attacks Our Contentions are 1 The United States has a moral obligation to reduce human suffering in countries outside the US 2 Because the US remains the strongest country in the world we therefore have the right and moral obligation to help nations that arent as fortunate 3 The US enforces international peace by not tolerating the violations of human rights Our First contention states The United States has a moral obligation to reduce human suffering in countries outside the US Despite sharp disagreements among people in the United States Europe and elsewhere over what went wrong in Yugoslavia and Rwanda everyone agrees that when tragedies engulfed these lands the international community was sadly unprepared to halt ethnic cleansing and mass killings Because these conclusions seem so familiar and unexceptional we overlook their profound significance for the future of world peace and for our own moral integrity It is too late to erase the disasters suffered by people in Yugoslavia and Rwanda it is not too late to prevent future Rwandas and Yugoslavias Communal conflict is smoldering from Sri Lanka to Chechnya from Georgia to Mexico from Sudan to the Philippines from India to Burundi from Iraq and Turkey to Kosovo and Macedonia and Moldova We are morally responsible to act now to discourage conditions that will give rise to violent bigotry and genocidal slaughters
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