Roger L. Simon

Justice Without Revenge

One of Lope de Vega’s greatest plays came to mind from my grad school days, when Andrew Apostolou emailed me about this AP report on the current excavation of Kurdish mass graves in Iraq.

Outgoing Iraqi Human Rights Minister Bakhtiar Amin, himself a Kurd, said half a million people perished and 182,000 are missing.

“We must know what happened (and deal with) collective memory, so we can do justice, rather than revenge,” Amin said.