Appeal to pity: A case study of theargumentum ad misericordiam

  title={Appeal to pity: A case study of theargumentum ad misericordiam},
  author={Douglas Walton},
  • D. Walton
  • Published 1 December 1995
  • Medicine
  • Argumentation
The appeal to pity, orargumentum ad misericordiam, has traditionally been classified by the logic textbooks as an informal fallacy. The particular case studied in this article is a description of a series of events in 1990–91 during the occupation of Kuwait by Iraqi forces. A fifteen-year-old Kuwaiti girl named Nayirah had a pivotal effect on the U.S. decision to invade Kuwait by testifying to a senate committee (while crying) that Iraqi soldiers had pulled babies out of incubators in a… 

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