God Saddam is finally back in American hands!
He must have really missed us. Man, he sure looked
bad! But, at least he got a free dental exam today.
That's something most Americans can't get.
used to like Saddam. We LOVED Saddam. We funded
him. We armed him. We helped him gas Iranian troops.
then he screwed up. He invaded the dictatorship
of Kuwait and, in doing so, did the worst thing
imaginable -- he threatened an even BETTER friend
of ours: the dictatorship of Saudi Arabia, and
its vast oil reserves. The Bushes and the Saudi
royal family were and are close business partners,
and Saddam, back in 1990, committed a royal blunder
by getting a little too close to their wealthy
holdings. Things went downhill for Saddam from
it wasn't always that way. Saddam was our good
friend and ally. We supported his regime. It wasnąt
the first time we had helped a murderer. We liked
playing Dr. Frankenstein. We created a lot of
monsters -- the Shah of Iran, Somoza of Nicaragua,
Pinochet of Chile -- and then we expressed ignorance
or shock when they ran amok and massacred people.
We liked Saddam because he was willing to fight
the Ayatollah. So we made sure that he got billions
of dollars to purchase weapons. Weapons of mass
destruction. That's right, he had them. We should
know -- we gave them to him!
allowed and encouraged American corporations to
do business with Saddam in the 1980s. That's how
he got chemical and biological agents so he could
use them in chemical and biological weapons. Here's
the list of some of the stuff we sent him (according
to a 1994 U.S. Senate report): * Bacillus Anthracis,
cause of anthrax. * Clostridium Botulinum, a source
of botulinum toxin. * Histoplasma Capsulatam,
cause of a disease attacking lungs, brain, spinal
cord, and heart. * Brucella Melitensis, a bacteria
that can damage major organs. * Clostridium Perfringens,
a highly toxic bacteria causing systemic illness.
* Clostridium tetani, a highly toxigenic substance.
here are some of the American corporations who
helped to prop Saddam up by doing business with
him: AT&T, Bechtel, Caterpillar, Dow Chemical,
Dupont, Kodak, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM.
were so cozy with dear old Saddam that we decided
to feed him satellite images so he could locate
where the Iranian troops were. We pretty much
knew how he would use the information, and sure
enough, as soon as we sent him the spy photos,
he gassed those troops. And we kept quiet. Because
he was our friend, and the Iranians were the "enemy."
A year after he first gassed the Iranians, we
reestablished full diplomatic relations with him!
he gassed his own people, the Kurds. You would
think that would force us to disassociate ourselves
from him. Congress tried to impose economic sanctions
on Saddam, but the Reagan White House quickly
rejected that idea -- they wouldnąt let anything
derail their good buddy Saddam. We had a virtual
love fest with this Frankenstein whom we (in part)
just like the mythical Frankenstein, Saddam eventually
spun out of control. He would no longer do what
he was told by his master. Saddam had to be caught.
And now that he has been brought back from the
wilderness, perhaps he will have something to
say about his creators. Maybe we can learn something...
interesting. Maybe Don Rumsfeld could smile and
shake Saddam's hand again. Just like he did when
he went to see him in 1983.
we never would have been in the situation we're
in if Rumsfeld, Bush, Sr., and company hadn't
been so excited back in the 80s about their friendly
monster in the desert.
anybody know where the guy is who killed 3,000
people on 9/11? Our other Frankenstein?? Maybe
he's in a mouse hole.
many of our little monsters, so little time before
the next election.
strong, Democratic candidates. Quit sounding like
a bunch of wusses. These bastards sent us to war
on a lie, the killing will not stop, the Arab
world hates us with a passion, and we will pay
for this out of our pockets for years to come.
Nothing that happened today (or in the past 9
months) has made us ONE BIT safer in our post-9/11
world. Saddam was never a threat to our national
our desire to play Dr. Frankenstein dooms us all.
Moore firstname.lastname@example.org www.michaelmoore.com
Posted: December 19, 2003