Tonight, Saddam Hussein was executed for crimes against humanity. Of course, no tears should be shed for this high level scumbag, tyrant, and war criminal, but while we spit on his still-warm corpse, it’s imperative that we don’t forget how he got into power.
See that picture on the left? That’s recently-fired Bush Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, shaking hands with Saddam Hussein. One of Rumsfeld’s jobs at that time was to open the door for American companies to sell chemical weapons to Saddam; chemical weapons that were used on the Iranians during the 7 Year War, and eventually on the Kurds when they got mouthy.
When Saddam used those illegal weapons to gas ten thousand of his own people, the US congress passed a censure motion. The Senate okayed it, but Reagan vetoed that motion, because while Saddam was unquestionably a ruthless murderer, he was America’s ruthless murderer, and he was ruthlessly murdering people America disliked more than he.
I don’t normally do politics on this blog, but I just thought that, at this moment in history, as we celebrate the end of one tyrant’s career, we should take a moment and remember that he wasn’t created in a vaccuum.
Ask any Haitian, Liberian, Cuban or Honduran.