Saturday, March 21, 2009

Saddam Hussein Supporters March in Akron

At least now we're down to a couple of dozen.

Next week, they'll be demanding the restoration of Saddam's rape rooms. Complaining that he didn't gas enough Kurds, or kill enough Kuwaitis.

O.K., that's probably a bit harsh. They're not actively demanding the return of dictatorship to Iraq, though one gathers from the fact that they are at least comfortable with the idea. One also gathers that tyranny is fine with this crowd, as long as they can safely protest from a distance, secure in the knowledge that nothing will ever come of it. Well, except for the fact that they wouldn't have bothered to protest Saddam, Iran, North Korea, Russia, etc., because that would be imposing evil American Imperialist Values on authentic local ethnic customs, or something.

But the facts remain: Saddam had fought a number of aggressive wars. He used chemical weapons on the Kurds. He was a ruthless tyrant who killed, maimed, and tortured both those who opposed him, and those who were in the wrong place at the wrong time. He sponsored terrorism. He defied the terms of the Kuwait war cease fire.

None of this would have mattered, and his university admirers could have stayed at home , secure in their delusions, but Saddam had the misfortune after 9/11 to run into a President who actually meant what he said.