The Democratic Underground’s Reaction To Saddam’s Capture

Unfortunately, the Democratic Underground’s moderators have been deleting some of the crazier and/or more offensive posts on the DU of late. Of course, that makes perfect sense given that so many people on the right have been pointing out what a bunch of whack jobs they are. But don’t worry, I was still able to pull a few gold plated cashews out of the DU nut mine for your amusement.

Magic Rat: “well…I guess I’m “supposed” to feel good about (Saddam being captured) Because he is a “brutal dictator” who “killed thousands of his own people.”

But he was also a guy who posed no threat to us. And a guy who managed to keep a hostile area of the world relatively sedate (albeith through brutal tactics). And a guy who was a secular muslim leader instead of a hardcore fundamentalist.

But I think in cold, crass political terms. I think it’s good for Bush so I think it’s bad for me. So I’m not happy, and I don’t care if it’s politically incorrect to say so.”

joeybee12: “My gut reaction was “Sh*t”–good news for Dumbo And speaking of politically incorrect, I’m glad it happened now instead of next October!”

neebob: “My reaction

I am: (1) surprised Saddam is still alive, (2) ashamed that the U.S. supported him for years, (3) sad about all the death and destruction, (4) sickened by the hypocrisy and lies, (5) angry at the stupidity of what I’m hearing on TV right now the people who are sucking it up, and (6) disgusted at the prospect of the trial and how it will be used.

In sum, I hate George Bush more than I hated him yesterday.

FXDS: “I agree with another poster. I think they have had Saddam locked up for several months. The capture of Osama will also be front page news around October 2004! There is nothing that this bunch of thugs won’t do to hold on to power!”

bushwentawol: “The capture of Saddam is all fine and good, but does how does this help someone facing a bleak Christmas because they lost their job? How does this help someone with an illness who just lost their insurance coverage? How does this help someone who’s underemployed, working several jobs and struggling to pay the mortgage? It just don’t make me any money.”

JailBush: “Saddam Hussein vs Osama bin Laden vs George W. Bush

Don’t forget the amazing similarities and differences between the world’s three most notorious terrorists.

George W. Bush and Osama bin Laden are both religious fanatics; Osama reputedly hates Hussein because he is not particularly religious.

George Bush and Saddam Hussein are widely hated at home, and there are many Iraqis and Americans who would gladly turn them in. In contract, Osama bin Laden is widely revered as a hero. I saw some talking head on TV just a few minutes ago who insisted that no one will ever turn in Osama bin Laden – even for a million-dollar reward. It’s a matter of honor.

Osama bin Laden speaks Arabic and English. I believe Saddam Hussein speaks English, too; I could be mistaken. George W. Bush hasn’t even mastered English.

Osama bin Laden and George H.W. Bush are both very close to the bin Laden family.

Saddam Hussein and George W. Bush both appreciate torture; I’m not sure about Osama.

I doubt that Osama bin Laden cares much about the environment, but Saddam Hussein ravaged Iraq’s famous swamps. George Bush’s anti-environmental policies are even more destructive.

George W. Bush is by far the biggest coward of the three. No matter how much they hate them, no intelligent person would declare Saddam Hussein or Osama bin Laden cowards.

Osama bin Laden fights for a cause. George Bush and Saddam Hussein wage war to keep themselves in power. Bush also profits from war.

Osama and Bush were born into wealthy families; I’m not sure about Saddam.

George W. Bush is by far the greater menace to the United States and the world at large.

Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden are both former U.S. allies. George Bush has never been an ally.

Who was involved with the Attack on America? Saddam Hussein almost certainly wasn’t, but Osama bin laden and George W. Bush are both key suspects.

George Bush and Osama bin Laden are both very secretive, spending much of their time in hiding. The same is probably generally true for Saddam Hussein.”

They don’t seem very happy that Saddam got caught, do they?

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