Better Than War?

An Exchange about UN Sanctions

Sanctioning Death in Iraq

Joy Gordon

When Iraq invaded Kuwait in August 1990, the consequences were felt well beyond those two countries. The attack took place at a critical juncture in the history of the United Nations—at a moment when there was an unprecedented potential for the abuse of power within the Security Council. The events that followed would devastate Iraq’s own population, and bring into question the moral...

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Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages and blogs at dotCommonweal.