BAGHDAD AND BANGKOK

By William Markiewicz

Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship was probably one of the most tolerable among dictatorships in the world because Saddam succeeded in dominating a nation heavily loaded with religious killers and suicide-bombers, and created a paradoxical facsimile of religious tolerance and equality of the genders. Kurdistan had the worst situation in Saddam’s Iraq but they were not better off in Turkey and not much better elsewhere. Now Kurds in Iraq are free, but who will protect Shiites and Sunnis from each other? Who needed the military dictatorship’s protection in Thailand, which is a classical tyranny of dominant class and enslaved population? Isn’t it interesting that the “liberators” became actively involved in Balkan skirmishes, in pseudo WMD in Iraq, and are indifferent to self-appointed owners of countries and their populations.

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