Originally posted by Unit541
I certainly do not imply that Saddam did the Iraqi people any favors (so to speak), although that could be argued. Heavy handed as it may have been,
he provided Iraq with order; somethign we have been unable to do since we landed there. The fact of the matter is that Saddam had his people, and his
country under control, and under his regime, people feared him. Now, people fear every military aged person in the country, American an Iraqi alike.
They're just as worried about being killed by their neighbor as they are of being killed by a coalition soldier.
Spot on, it takes a hard lined man to control maniacs.
The resulting violence in Iraq shows the level factions are willing to go.
firering a weapin in the air in Iraq was punishable with jail.
If you continued firering it, you were executed.
that put a pretty big lull on any sort of firearm use.
Yet, the americans allow it to happen as they please simply because its there right to bare arms.. ( jee where have I heard that before )
Saddam went over board at times, yes... torturing people was never good.
But what difference is it to what we are doing?
simply because we are sending them to egypt to be tortured for us?
thats pretty weak and gutless... its like breaking the law, then blaming your friend when your questioned.
In my opinion saddam was our only REAL ally in the region.
think about it..
he would of sided with the USA .. AGAIN against IRan..
Iran was the true person in the middle east that was activley against us..
yet, we toppled the man we used to consider a friend against our common enemy?
We stabbed saddam in the back.. big time.
while allowing our common enemy to run free...
saddam kept Iraq in check, he kept Iran at bay.. and put pressure in Israel to make sure they didnt cross the line.
what has happened now we removed saddam?
the Iraqi's arent in check
Iran is not at bay
And Israel seems to be freely crossing the line.
[edit on 19-10-2006 by Agit8dChop]