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Is collateral damage in the war in Iraq justifiable?

Audience Member: I just wanted to say it's wrong to kill women and babies, and admittedly, our forces being in there, through collateral damage, have killed innocent people.

Bill: You know how many Saddam Hussein killed?

Audience Member: We've killed innocent people.

Bill: Do you know how many?

Audience Member: Does that give us the right to kill even one? Just because he killed a bunch...

Bill: Wait a minute. Wait a minute. If you have a man that slaughtered 400,000 people as Saddam Hussein did—that's the estimates—400,000 in his reign of terror, alright? And you try to remove that man in a war-time situation that is absolutely legal because he violated the first Gulf War cease fire. Remember the first Gulf War? When he invaded Kuwait and killed thousands of people and raped thousands of women in that? All right, who went over and removed him from Kuwait? I believe that was the United States of America.
FROM: Oprah's Town Hall with Bill O'Reilly
Published on October 27, 2006


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