Speak No Evil

From the first days after Kuwait's liberation, journalists and human-rights groups have chronicled major violations -- detentions, beatings, torture, summary executions -- committed by Kuwaiti armed forces and vigilantes seeking revenge against those suspected of collaborating with the Iraqis. But the Bush Administration, which loudly denounced Iraqi atrocities in occupied Kuwait, has consistently played down charges of abuses by the gulf state the U.S. fought to liberate. Items:

-- On March 8, State Department deputy spokesman Richard Boucher was asked about Kuwaiti mistreatment of Palestinians. "There are reports of people getting a hard time at checkpoints," he said. "We do not...

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