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  •  This was very predictable (1+ / 0-)
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    Saddam was a secular dictator.  Yes, near the end, he made religious noises, but those were of the "enemy of my enemy is my friend" variety; that is, the Muslim religious types hated the United States, the US was going to invade Iraq, so he realized it was best to get them on his side.

    Removing him created a power vacuum that would inevitably be filled by religious extremists.  Duh.

    •  Duh is an understatement (1+ / 0-)
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      Saddam was an opportunist. He pandered to whomever he had to in order to retain the most power and control.

      That said, I highly doubt the nation would have gone this far backwards on women's rights if he was still in power.

      01-20-09: THE END OF AN ERROR

      by kimoconnor on Wed Dec 12, 2007 at 12:49:24 PM PST

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