Thursday, September 27, 2007

Saddam and reassurance

I read an article about Saddam and Bush which didn't surprise me and then read some comments that did.

"The Eqyptians are speaking to Saddam Hussein," said Mr Bush.

"It seems he's indicated he would be prepared to go into exile if he's allowed to take $1billion and all the information he wants about weapons of mass destruction."
I'm glad we didn't take him up on that. It would have been the Sudetenland of Islamic terrorism and the qualification of WMD information merely confirms it.

But the really interesting thing for me were the comments shown at the bottom of the page:
I shouldn't be shocked but I am - how deceitful. So basically we have spent the taxpayers' money and many soldiers lives on a war that could have been avoided. Blair and Bush have blood on their hands. There are many soldiers who have died fighting this war as well as many innocent citizens.
This is what I expected to see: idiots blathering about how Bush should've rolled over and given a mass murderer ample opportunity to develop a little shop of horrors on our dime. I was even going to write a post about it. But then I read another comment, and I realized I didn't have to (emphasis mine).
Political expediency is universal in every country throughout all of human history but at least democracies are capable of getting rid of their leaders.

Saddam was responsible for the development of weapons of mass destruction using materials supplied by the West which were also provided to many other countries who never chose to use them to develop weapons. Consequently Saddam became the biggest mass murderer of Muslims in the history of mankind invading Iran and Kuwait, arbitrarily attacking Israel and killing hundreds of thousands of his own innocent citizens. Whatever the arguments about the war, the world is well rid of this despicable murderous fascist who had clearly threatened the security of the entire Middle East.

I feel genuinely sorry for people who are unable to differentiate between Saddam, Bush and Blair. There were 17 (yes seventeen!) U.N. binding resolutions which Saddam ignored - more resolutions than any other country faced. The time for bland pathologic platitudes is surely over. Saddam could easily have avoided a war by acceding to the U.N's requirements for inspections. He above all others was responsible for this war - just as he was for all the other wars. The responsibility lies with him in his grave. The biggest criminal in all of this was charged and duly paid for his depravity just like those at Nuremburg 50 years ago.
Thank you, M Campbell of London. That was delightfully refreshing.