The Course of Conscience

America and its allies confront a new dilemma: how to oppose military intervention but still take responsibility for the victims when the Saddams of the world run amuck

"The Kurds don't need talk, they need practical action. It should not be beyond the wit of man to get planes there with tents, food and warm blankets. It is not a question of standing on legal niceties. We should go now."

-- Margaret Thatcher, April 3, 1991

As she did so often during her years at 10 Downing Street, Margaret Thatcher cut to the heart of a policy question. A fiery debate over whether the U.S. and its allies should have helped Kurdish and Shi'ite rebels topple Saddam Hussein raged in Europe as well as America. But as far as...

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