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  •  "Fascist" ... (none)
    I'm going to take you to task for this, because it's the same careless thinking you're criticizing Atrios and Kos for. Saddam was a despot and tyrant, of a sort you could find in that part of the world going back to the days of war chariots. Before war chariots, in fact. (Nothing unique to that part of the world, either - Iraq just happens to have 5000 years of recorded history, beating out Egypt by several hundred years, so they've not only seen it all but written it all down.)

    Calling Saddam a fascist - a word with a fairly specific meaning - is invective posing as analysis. Why does it matter? Because farther down that same road you get David Brooks comparing al-Sadr to Hitler. (I guess comparing him to Khomeini wouldn't get people het up enough.)

    Putting things in proportion is a good first step toward dealing with them, two years ago or now.

    -- Rick Robinson

    John Kerry - Elitist New England Liberal Mekong Delta River Rat

    by al Fubar on Sun Apr 18, 2004 at 02:48:43 PM PDT

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    •  Simplistic, but not that far off (none)
      The definition of fascism is not the same as Nazism.  According to Webster's it is "An ideology that advocates extreme nationalism, with a heightened sense of national belonging or ethnic identity".  Saddam actually modeled his governing technique after Stalin, but he certainly advocated extreme nationalism, murdered entire villages based on their ethnic makeup, and earned the title 'Fascist'.  Hitler was not the first or last one and it is not necessary to invade poland to 'earn' the title.
      •  Fascism? (none)
        According to Webster's it is "An ideology that advocates extreme nationalism, with a heightened sense of national belonging or ethnic identity".

        Oh, so you mean like [REDACTED BY THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION].

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