Maybe Saddam was better

Crikey readers talk data retention, coal seam gas, Iraq and what we should call the Islamist militants in Iraq.


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5 thoughts on “Maybe Saddam was better

  1. Tamas Calderwood

    Yeah, Tim, Saddam was awesome!

    Or then again, maybe he would have kept murdering hundreds of thousands of people. And maybe Saddam would have started a couple more wars. And maybe his sons would have continued to kidnap girls and then chop them up.

    And then, maybe the Arab spring would have reached Iraq anyway, just like it swept through Egypt, Syria, Morocco, Libya and the rest.

    So, you know, maybe the West isn’t to blame for every problem in the middle east.

  2. Venise Alstergren

    FFS Tim. If Saddam Hussein had continued to be in power, there wouldn’t be anyone left to, lead and or follow, a radical movement like ISIS. Apart from Saddam’s obvious defects he was a Bathist. (sic?) Which I think is Christian?

  3. klewso

    Saddam’s “Baby Bear Porridge” (if a little oily) use-by-date just ran out.
    [But up to then, to the West, he was “Goldilocks” just Right, for a decade or so – The West’s “Man in the Middle East”?
    After the Shah of Iran was tossed over, he was the West’s pin-up boy – fighting their proxy fight there, with their weapons.]
    Bend a rule here, bend a rule there – murder some people – he bent one too many?

  4. klewso

    … was it his use of left-over WMDs (given to fight their war with Iran) to gas his people? Or any of the other acts of barbarity against minorities?
    No – various bodies sent groups through those areas and were disgusted, but it went no further – that was the price of doing oil business with him.

    It was because “he” invaded Kuwait because they were threatening to undercut oil prices – which would have benefitted Western commercial interests – the revenue he needed to rebuild Iraq, after fighting the West’s war with Iran for them?

  5. klewso

    And let’s not forget Bush The Elder’s inciting of the Kurds to rise up against Saddam post Operation Desert Storm – only to hang them out to dry, at Saddam’s pleasure?

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