reply to post by FlyersFan
Actually, FlyersFan, the sudden demonization of Saddam is
silly... or at least, hypocritical.
He was absolutely a terrible, terrible man, and I rank him among the very few people in the world who got exactly what he deserved (I'm strongly
anti-death penalty, but even I have exceptions). Hewas a monster, a butcher, and in every way reprehensible.
And he was America's close and bosom buddy in the Middle East for most of that. Remember the cry, "HE GASSED HIS OWN PEOPLE!" - yes, he absolutely
did. He did so with American knowledge, using American chemical weapons, fired by American weapons, aided by American intelligence and sattelites.
While this doesn't absolve him of guilt by any means, it does put the sudden outcry against him in an odd perspective.
When he's invading Iran and firing mustard gas into civilian populations both in Iraq and Iran, we praised him as a hero
. He was "our man." He
had our total backing. We even green-lighted his Kuwait invasion, only to decide better once the Saudis got nervous about it.
That he suddenly went from a new-era Saladin, an American-backed hero because of all the death he caused, to becoming a bestial caricature worthy of
only destruction because of those same acts
, is, indeed, the height of absurdity. Especially when you consider that the US efforts to topple
the "Butcher of Baghdad" actually killed far, far more Iraqis than Saddam ever did!
So yes, he's a monster - a monster who got a well-deserved and overdue humiliation and death at the hands of those he harmed. But hte story of the US
perspective of him, our efforts to bolster and damn him, is just completely full of silly nonsense, of the sort that needs to be laughed at so you
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