[From Rick Marken (2003.12.15.0910)]
Bjorn Simonsen(2003.12.15,11:55 EuST)--
The silence in connection with my "Congratulation" thread and
your uncertainty Marc indicates a huge difference in what
people in Norway and USA were absorbed by yesterday. In
Norway there were extra broadcasting/TV the whole day and
people I talked with rejoiced at the arrest of Saddam Hussein.
I was certainly glad to learn that Saddam was caught. I hope it makes things better for our troops over there and the people if Iraq. I wasn't overwhelmed with unreserved joy, though, because it just reminded me that Saddam was an irrelevant diversion from the real problem -- Islamic fundamentalist terrorism. Our actual enemies, if anyone recalls, are Osama bin Laden and his followers.
Catching Saddam is rather like catching Milosovic; we captured a person who was oppressing and murdering people in his own country. That's certainly a good thing to do (I wish we had done it with Pinochet, the Shah, Samosa, and any number of other murderous US puppets, too, instead of installing and supporting then). I found the capture of Milosovic far more satisfying, emotionally, than the capture of Saddam because we fought the war against him for humanitarian reasons in the first place. We fought the war against Saddam on false pretenses -- not to liberate Iraq but to defend ourselves.
I hope that something good will come of this for Iraq and the rest of the Middle East. But I have a feeling that the person who is happier about this than almost anyone is Osama himself.
Richard Marken, Ph. D.
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