I pulled into the Texaco station uptown yesterday to get some gas. Yes - I purchased gas. The man that owns the station noticed the piece of paper taped to the window - "stomp out mad cowboy disease". With his thick accent he asked me about it - I explained my views of Bush - and how I feel he is acting out a childhood fantasy of "GI-JOE", etc. The man then told me his views - he is a Kurd from Nothern Iraq and has been here for 6 years. He went into gory detailed stories of how his family and friends were slaughter and tortured by Saddam. He also went on to say that Saddam has killed way more than the Americans are right now. (I don't see it as, well we've killed less, therefore we are right and better - not at all).
This man has had to run from Iraq for his life and for his birth given rights of freedom. He sees the US invasion as "a MUST" - he sees this as a chance for the rest of the Iraqie people to finally live in peace- without the fear of being brutilized. He also stated that his phone bill is huge - because he calls home nightly to check in with loved ones that were left behind.
Doesn't his first-hand account of Saddam's bullshit count for anything?
This situation is not black and white too me - there are so many things that need to be factored in.
I guess if you can try to find a silver lining in all the killing - it would be that the folks that are left alive - can live without Saddam?