If Saddam Hussein were still in power, this year's Arab uprisings could never have ha

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by hulugu, Mar 30, 2011.

  1. hulugu macrumors 68000

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    Interesting article from Christopher Hitchens about the Arab Spring and the fall of Saddam Hussein.

    From the article:

     
  2. mcrain macrumors 68000

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    As an alternative concept, would Iraq have been the first country to have toppled its leader? Couldn't Saddam have been the first toppled dictator had we not invaded? In other words, isn't it entirely possible that our sanctions, UN monitoring, and no-fly zones would have worked to keep Saddam from doing anything too crazy, all while his people independently decided to stand up for themselves. Same result as what we got by our poorly justified invastion and trillions of dollars and too many lives, except without all the anti-US hatred. Heck, if they would have had an uprising, and we assisted, then perhaps we'd be liked. Who knows.
     
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    A lot of what ifs, all we know is the Saddam is no longer in power and the uprisings are taking place.


    I don't totally buy that Saddam would stopped uprisings across such a diverse area that they have taken place in, but him no longer being in power likely help in some part.
     

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