Excerpt Of The Day: The Iraqis Were Better Under Saddam Than Now? Only An Idiot Could Believe That

“Ronald Hilton estimates that, over the 24 years of Saddam Hussein’s rule, about 600,000 people were killed by the Iraqi government. Now, maybe I ain’t all that good at cipherin’, but by my math, if you assume that Saddam Hussein was in power for 24 years (8,646 days, including leap years), and 600,000 people were executed during that time, you come up with an average of 69.4 people a day executed by Saddam Hussein’s regime. That doesn’t, by the way, include the 1,000,000 or so Iraqis who died during Mr. Hussein’s wars of aggression against Iran or Kuwait. That’s just executions.

So, (the) argument, essentially, is that Iraqis were better off when they had a tranquil public life with 70 people being bumped off by their own government every day, than they are now with 13 people dying in sectarian violence each day. Nevermind that, at the current rate, it will take 126 years for the daily death toll in Iraq to equal the death toll under Saddam Hussein. It just feels really unsafe.

And, frankly, Iraq is really unsafe. But it’s a fundamentally different kind of threat that existed under Saddam. Now the threat is overt violence; easily seen, and easily identified. Under Saddam Hussein, the threat was far more subtle. Your neighbors merely disappeared in the middle of the night, with hardly a ripple to mark their passing.” — Dale Franks

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