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Saturday, December 30, 2006

Will Anything Change?

So it seems that Saddam had some swing time from a short rope. And of course, Bush has said something about this being another "victory" in the war on terror.

It is? Really now. One man getting hung is a victory. And keep in mind that this one man did not have any clear ties to any terror group. Before Bush ordered the invasion on Iraq that country was mostly stable. People in Baghdad could do things like drive around the city, shop for televisions and food, go to school, go to work, flush their toilets, and so on.

But now what is the reality of living in Iraq? Checkpoints. Roadside bombs. Death squads. On and off utilities. No jobs. And so on.

But it is a victory!

Anyway, here is my prediction. Nothing will change. The Shi'a will be happy the Sunnis will be pissed. The Kurds will probably be happy too - but they probably do not get along well with the Shi'a anyway so who cares.

How long ago was Saddam captured? And since that spider hole day - have things got better or worse? Has the "insurgency" got stronger or weaker? Is Iraq closer to stability or closer to all out Civil War? Use your own brain here - do not turn to Fox News to help.

But now we are supposed to believe that just because Saddam is dead everything will get better. The roses the Iraqi people were supposed to throw at the feet of US Troops (according to Cheney and DUMBSfeld before the war) will finally bloom. Sunnis and Shi'a will decide to be friends and have a big democracy parade through the green zone. Someone will wave a magic wand and turn all the militants into hippies driving Volkswagen mini-buses painted with peace signs and flowers. The Iraqi version of The Grateful Dead will form and start to make music that only sounds good when you are sky high.

And all this will magically happen because one man (out of the hundreds of thousands already killed since 2002) is dead. If you believe this, I got some great Florida Swamp Land prime Florida real estate for sale.

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11 Comments:

Blogger Bela said...

Not trying to justify anything, but you forgot to mention he did murder thousands of his own people.

Of course nothing will change.

10:27  
Blogger The Lazy Iguana said...

Yes he did. And since the US occupation thousands have been killed. By some accounts, more people in Iraq have been killed in the past 4 years than during Saddam's entire time in power. Of course I would imagine that those killed in the Iran / Iraq war do not count.

I am not going to get teary eyed over Saddam. Far from it. I just do not think anything over there will change for the better as a result of the hanging.

The people of Iraq still live in a war zone - they did not before. People that used to have public utilities no longer do. People that used to be able to live from day to day without having to worry about bombs no longer can. And so on.

One man makes about as much difference as one gallon of water removed from the sea. The insurgents really do not care. Saddam has been out of the picture for years now. They will not lay down arms.

10:59  
Blogger Senor Caiman said...

The Lazy,

I really didn't focus on what he did or didn't do but I'm always up for a good hangin.

I also did not like the way he wore his hair. It's like he'd never been to a stylist and refused to use any products.

11:14  
Blogger Kristen said...

I like the purple ripples. Of course, in the title for that post, I didn't actually read "Ripples". I read something else. The way I read it was a lot more intriguing.

As for Saddam...yeah. He wasn't a great guy, and I think I read somewhere that the Baath party is vowing to get even, but finally: George Bush, Sr. can sleep at night because Jr. finished what he set out to do.

I really wish that, since a man's life was taken, I could feel that it was the right thing to do. I don't. I think he went to his death not even remotely understanding the bit about KILLING IS WRONG. And, since he was killed...well, there's no sense of resolution for me.

It's a laughable alternative, and a moot point now that he's been hanged, but what if we'd gone the Clockwork Orange route and forced him to watch documentaries of the slaughters that he ordered? OK, propping his eyelids open and drugging him would be "torture", but just 2-3 hours a day where he had to watch the killings and see the families that were left behind.

I don't think even his conscience could endure that. Not indefinitely.

13:26  
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13:33  
Blogger actonbell said...

Oh, I like Kristen's Clockwork Orange idea! Most excellent.

13:35  
Blogger wthenrest said...

just wanted to pop in to see the rantings of another...
excellent
'Bush' - an shrub usually found in desert like areas... well that about covers it.

14:17  
Blogger The Lazy Iguana said...

The Clockwork Orange route would make for an interesting experiment in human behavior modification methods. But as I recall at the end of the movie the main character listens to Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and does not go into mad convulsions. He smiles. This leads me to believe that he is "cured" from the cure.

So that may not have worked very well after all.

By now the body is stiff and cold. So long pal! Watch out for them worms dude! Back to your spider hole! And so on.

14:20  
Blogger Lammy said...

Wonderful template. You are such a genius kind of guy. Have a great new year.

14:23  
Blogger Cheesemeister said...

Saddam was scum, but hanging him was just a token gesture. Getting our troops out of Iraq so there are no more useless deaths? Now that would be a meaningful move.

03:07  
Blogger UNO said...

No one deserves to be executed.

14:35  

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