Mission of Mercy

By dispatching U.S. troops to set up camps for the Kurds in northern Iraq, Bush undertakes a humane but risky endeavor

The Kurds were dying. Starvation, exposure and disease were killing as many as 1,000 a day. And that brute fact overcame the nervousness about being sucked into an endless political and perhaps military quagmire. Prodded by distressed allies, by outraged U.S. and European public opinion, and not least by his own conscience, George Bush last week finally did what he should have done long before: set in motion an unprecedented and bold operation that might at last bring effective succor to the Kurds -- at least to the 850,000 or so squatting along the Iraq-Turkey border and possibly to the 1.5...

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