Let me begin by sharing my background. I am a combat veteran of Iraq, having spent less than a week shy of a full year deployed from May 2005 to May 2006. I served on a Personal Security Detail for my Battalion Commander in the area historically known as the "Triangle of Death" between the cities of Mahmudiyah, Latifiyah, and Yusufiyah.
I would like to state what many from all political persuasions are afraid to say aloud—so let's talk about Iraq.
Have you ever though to yourself: "If only there were someone who understood the culture in Iraq?" Someone who could reign in the religious ideology to a workable medium? Who understood that the current society is a long way from permitting a true separation of church and state or traditional democracy there? Someone who understood the localized sheikh culture that is thousands of years old? Someone like... Saddam Hussein?
My point isn't to praise Saddam or downplay his horrendous reign of terror. It's simply to point out that compared to the present situation, he was potentially the least horrible option available.
Were people persecuted, and even murdered under his reign? Certainly. Did he invade other countries from time to time? Indeed. Was he a good guy? Absolutely not. Was he about as good as it gets at leading a religiously-based government in a second world country with very few resources besides oil? I think so.
During the "presidency" of Saddam Hussein, the Catholic Church of Baghdad existed, and people openly worshiped Christ. The oldest Christian cultures in the world worshiped in Aramaic, and kept Christian names like Jonathan and Joseph in the northern mountains. Different sects of Muslims fought, and clashed, but coexisted to some extent.
The War in Iraq is unnecessary foreign interventionism at its worst. With 4,500 dead Americans, and 33,000 others officially wounded, when can we finally say enough is enough?
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