Thanks to the magic of camera-cellphones we have a snapshot of Saddam’s last seconds. Our newsmedia is careful to point out that Saddam was removed from U.S. custody, to avoid any implications that we had any role in his execution. Oh, no, we went to war because — what was it again? Oh, right, WMD and Iraq’s involvement in 9/11.
What’s left out of all Western media reports on Saddam’s infamous crimes is that many of them were aided and abetted by the United States government, especially under Ronald Reagan. When it suited our short-term interests we helped Iraq obtain nerve-gas precursors and turned a blind eye to his use of chemical weapons during Iraq’s war with Iran. And where was American outrage at the time those same chemical weapons were used against Iraq’s Kurdish population?