Your statement makes the gross mistake of looking at Saddam through western eyes. He was unbearable to the Iraqi people from the day he took power. He was unbearable to every single one of his neighbors the moment they understood his true nature, some took longer than others. I don't care how long it took America to feel the same, I'm glad somebody finally did what needed doing. Hundred's of thousands of Iraqi's are buried in Iraq's desert's as proof that Saddam was unbearable a long time before America thought so. They are also testament to the necessity of outside aid, like America gave, to move Iraq into a post-Saddam world.Skipjack wrote:As I said, Saddam was unbearable once he did not fullfill his purpose anymore. He was, for a while, actually supported by the US and other western nations, because he was against Iran.
Proof of point: Saddam is gone, Iran becomes the next unbearable evil on the map.
If you think America's method was ugly, take a look back at the earlier attempts that failed. Take a good long time to ponder just how ugly even a successful internal overthrow would've been. The main difference is the country would've continued to be even more broken and decayed before the dam burst.