To say that the USA was at least partially responsible for creating the monster (as they were with Bin Ladin) is true, but doesn't answer the question of what to do about him.
It's very one-sided to leave out the role of non-US states in backing and arming Saddam, not to mention propping up the regime in the years 1991-2002.
But surely, as somebody who knows about Iraq, Rommania, the Soviet Bloc countries, surely you must know that totalitarian states-- founded on powerful armies combined with total surveillance police culture and nationalistic party line-- can arise?
Not to put a fine point on it, but the USA has democratic checks and decentralization of power that Iraq and Romania, ca. 1980, couldn't even dream of. Let's recap: Romania, ca. 1980, was an oppressive dictatorship because the USSR installed puppet Communist regimes in all the countries it invaded in 1944-1945. The USSR proved its committment to maintaining the Eastern Bloc in international slavery by invading Hungary in 1956 upon Nagy's attempting to withdraw from the Warsaw Pact, and by invading Czechoslovakia in 1968. Romania, with a border in common with the USSR, no history of democracy, and its main industry (agriculture) in ruins from collective-farm experiments, was in no position to resist USSR demands or even reform its own internal politics. The USA, on the other hand, is a democratic state with a powerful independent judiciary, accepting hundreds of thousands of immigrants from all over the world every year, a country in which even the poorest of the poor can expect adequate food (if not adequate health-care; this is a persistent problem.) While I'm entirely open to suggestions for improving life and democracy in the USA (I have my own list and it's long,) you need to get back to earth and admit that Americans are much safer and freer than the people in most of the rest of the world.
Any comparison between today's USA and 1980's Romania, a literal police state with a large, active secret police and total state control of the press, the military, industry, internal movement of its citizens, and no effective rule of law, is really perverse. I mean, if the USA were like Ceausescu's Romania, you'd have been beaten to death in a police station and I'd have wires on my nuts (I was a member of a student political organization for two years.) The comparison really revolts and offends me, because having marched in rallies and addressed politicians face-to-face, I'm aware of just how much freedom I enjoy. Bush is no Ceausescu and John Ashcroft is no goddamn Leon Trotsky; there is not a broad base of electoral support for these guys so, whatever their ambitions, the very political process itself and the political actions of citizens exercizing their freedoms guarantee that Bush and Ashcroft's actions are circumscribed.
If you keep on yammering about how the USA is a totalitarian dictatorship, you can't blame people for failing to take you seriously because, the truth is, it really isn't one. If you don't like the circumscription of civil libertiers, well, dammit, welcome to democracy. If people felt their rights really are being trampled, Bush will be crucified in the 2004 election. If they don't, who are you to tell them they're capital-W Wrong?
Skarphedinn was carrying the axe with which he had killed Thrainn Sigfusson and which he called 'Battle Troll.'
Njal's Saga, ca 1280 AD
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