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Wednesday, June 11, 2003
All Hail Saddam the Liberator
Via Jim Henley, I found this article by Sherry Eros and Steven Eros on Hudson Institute website, which argues that Saddam's "criminal" actions make him responsible for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks because Saddam's actions set off a chain of events that lead to those attacks. I've already refuted this thinking, but for the sake of the argument let's say that it makes sense. Operation Iraqi Freedom could also reasonably seen as a response to the Saddam's actions. If that is the case, then Saddam's actions can be seen as leading to whatever new level of freedom the Iraqis are now experiencing. Somehow I doubt many hawks will be making this argument.
"The US civil administrator in Iraq on Tuesday criticised 'meddling and interference' by neighbouring Iran, as relations between the US-led coalition and an Iranian-backed Iraqi political party continued to deteriorate," write Charles Clover and Mark Turner in a June 10 Financial Times story.
"Bullshit!" George Carlin said of a similar situation in his 1991 Jamming in New York performance. "That's our fucking job."
"At least 3,240 civilians died across Iraq during a month of war, including 1,896 in Baghdad, according to a five-week Associated Press investigation," the AP writes in a story from earlier today. "The count is still fragmentary, and the complete toll — if it is ever tallied - is sure to be significantly higher."