30 December, 2006

U.S. Tolerated, Then Villified Saddam

The title of this post is the headline leading the AP's national news category this afternoon. The lede: "When U.S. leaders decided it was time to despise Saddam Hussein, he made the perfect villain."

As if we created him. As if any other world leader would have done just as well and, a la Orwell's '1984', what we really needed was someone to fight to keep the populace distracted and he just happened to be convenient.

Think of some other headlines the AP could have written... but didn't:

"UN, France, China Tolerated, Then Embraced Saddam"
"Russia Supported Saddam, Then Supported Him Some More"