I don't normally blog about world politics, but screw it. This is bugging me.
Someone asked me yesterday why some Iraqi's would be denouncing the execution of Saddam Hussein and others would be rejoicing it.
I responded that he controlled a multi-ethnic state through fear, repression and hate, and those that opposed him were tortured, terrorized or executed while those that agreed with him (generally those who shared his ethnic background) were mostly left alone and enjoyed a comparatively good lifestyle.
"But didn't he only kill 140 people?" was the next question. So I explained the Kurdish massacre and his other atrocities.
"He was," I finished. "As ruthless and terrible as Hitler, but far less successful."
I'm blogging this because I think that we've lost sight of something important. Somewhere along the way, Bush's atrocities have take a more prominent place in our minds. Bush is guilty of his own sins, and the world will be a better place when he is out of office, but I don't think he deserves to be deposed and hung either. Saddam Hussein was not the pathetic old man hiding in a spider hole that we've come to remember him as. He was a tyrannical despot that deserved to die.
The world is a better place without him.
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