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Driving into work this morning, I heard this piece about the Kurds in Northern Iraq by Ivan Watson on NPR.

Watson first reported from a prison-turned-museum where many Kurds were tortured at the hands of Saddam's henchmen, stripped naked and kept in cramped cells, hung from the wall in shackles and tortured with electric shock.

Via translator, Watson talked to a group of schoolboys who all cried for George Bush to stop waiting and attack Saddam right now.

Then Watson reported from a hospital in Kurdish-controlled Iraq, where a woman suffering from severe burns related how an Iraqi border guard had caught her smuggling kerosene. He doused her with the kerosene and lit her dress on fire as punishment. She thinks she'll probably die, but prays for the U.S. to overthrow Saddam.

I don't know if there are any Kurds who don't want the war to come, but if they exist, NPR didn't try very hard to hunt them down, to downplay the cruelty Saddam has inflicted on these people, or otherwise tilt the story against possible war, which I thought was interesting.

Perhaps there was just no way to spin the suffering of the Kurds.

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