It is very hard for any of us to imagine being in the position of Saddam Hussein, or any other head of state on either side.
But consider this.
What does Saddam Hussein, or for that matter the Saudis or the Kuwaitis or the other Emirates along the Persian Gulf covet that we have? Our freedom of worship? Our pool of skilled labor? Our weapons of mass destruction, possibly, but not much else.
Just out dollars, so they can continue to live the good life until the wells run dry.
Now, what do Americans covet in that region of the Middle East? Their crime-free cities (made that way by strict enforcement of Islamic Law, outside Iraq)? Their government-provided health-care? Their cuisine?
None of the above -- it's their oil. For all most of us care, the whole Arab population could go poof! and as long as the oil kept flowing everything is A-OK.
Is it in Saddam Hussein's best interest to damage the United States, a major source of his oil revenue as well as, once the embargo is lifted, food and medicine for his population? Of course not. He's a materialist through and through, not a religious extremist like members of Al Qaeda. He likes palaces, pretty girls, western booze and all that too much to go out in a blaze of radiation, which he knows would be the outcome if the scenario you and others imagine were to ever unfold.
There have been plenty of other bad guys since the end of WWII who have been dealt with, usually being deposed by their own people.
Hussein is just not the threat to our country he's made out to be. We have many other potential enemies with not only the will, but the means, that deserve more attention.
I'm not arguing that we don't have other enemies, but we need to deal with them one at a time. Your leaving out the most important equation in regards to Saddam, all of those leaders over there, from Kuwait to Saudi to Iraq, are caught in the trap of their own making.
In order to stay in power and keep their own people from eating them on toast, they controlled them with fundamentalism and religious zealotry that can just as easily turn on them as us. For years they have pointed away from themselves and towards the "Great Satan" as the reason for their people's woes. As far as the unwashed masses are concerned their only reason for existance is to defeat the Great Satan, and spread Islam for Allah. Any leader backtracking now will have the mob on his case.
In case ya'll are forgetting 9-11. We are just as intent on striking down the populace as the leaders over there, don't kid yourself.
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