During the Gulf War, we heard a lot about the “simplemindedness” of the peace movement. But was it so simpleminded, really? Many of us who
supported a policy of sanctions and multilateral containment did so not because we were naive about Saddam Hussein’s malevolence but because we
believed this policy could deter two evils—the evil of Hussein’s expansionism and the evil of war. In retrospect, perhaps it is those who supported the war who took refuge in simplifications.
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