Thu. Jul 18th, 2024

By Ken Carman
By Ken Carman
  We should well remember how freedom would supposedly “ring” if we took down Saddam. How, if we didn’t, we’d have a mushroom cloud. The future leader of Israel even claimed taking out Saddam would do amazing, wonderful, miraculous things for the Mideast.
  And still we listen to such “wisdom?”
  Obviously Saddam and “freedom” were not even close to synonyms. I would type “antonyms,” except it’s becoming increasingly obvious what will replace what replaced him will be the real “antonym.” And what the previous administration set up might have been marginally better than Saddam, but possibly less competent than the results of Vietnamization.
  It shouldn’t even have to be typed out on my keyboard that damn near no one liked Saddam, or that it’s obvious he was, for years, considered by Republican, and Democratic, leaders of this country to be, “An a-hole, but OUR a-hole.”
  “Hey, let’s sell him poison gas and shake his hand, there’s a ‘good’ idea!”
  The fact I have to keep typing these caveats to “protect” myself from sneering jerks shows just how partisan-ly sick we are becoming, and why we can’t have civilized discussion in this country.
  People accuse others a lot of demanding political correctness, of trying to make everything political. “Funny” thing is those who do the accusing seem to demand political correctness the most, do more politicizing of everything than those they accuse.
  How dare Barack Obama mention a black child looks like he could be his child because, well, he’s black! He should shut the hell up! Be… essentially… more… “politically correct.”
  How we talk about Saddam is a prime example. You can’t even write or talk honestly without having to use all these caveats regarding what any idiot knows: Saddam was a bad man. Duh.
  But if you don’t every conversation turns into pure mock.
  No, the world is not “safer without Saddam.” If it had been, basically, ice cream, candy and rainbows after, as promised… or if the whole Mideast vastly improved as a certain war monger in Israel promised years ago, OK. But it didn’t. Not even close. And many of us said it wouldn’t, knew it wouldn’t. We were mocked back then. Now we’ve been proven right they just shift how they mock.
 Dontcha just “love” political correctness lectures from those who insist on, indeed demand, their brand of it damn near at the same time?
  And what has made it all worse is how far down the less freedom, hellish, rabbit hole, the same mockers have taken us since then.
  None of this made Saddam “nice,” or someone I would prefer leading Iraq.
  See? I’m still offering caveats, running over old news, having to reinforce what people should know, should remember. That’s how strong lies that are repeated over and over are. How strong “he wouldn’t let the inspectors in,” followed up by strange counter intuitive, contradicting, claim, “he kicked them out” was.
  Goebbels’ metaphorical progeny thrive in America.
  If there had been any massive nuclear program that would have been paraded past the world’s cameras by now. Ditto about all that massive amount of WMD. The only “parading of proof” has been about an old shell with some very dated remnants of mustard gas Saddam told us about.
  You know this to be true. No one would seriously claim those who pushed this war were ever shy about “catapulting the propaganda.” Hell, their propaganda in chief wasn’t “shy” about letting that phrase slip out, or about mocking the soldiers searching for WMD, and dying.
  Not surprised he said it. Not at all. I’m sure sometimes the actual truth must have slipped out of Goebbels’ piehole occasionally too.
  And the results of the changes to our country due to this dishonest misadventure have been horrific. Our very sense of what freedom is has morphed from it’s OK to throw suspected combatants into concentration camps, to taking an accused American citizen from an airport, torturing him and turn him into a vegetable… then convict someone unable to defend themselves from not being a bionic glow worm from the planet Grogspit. And, finally, it has “taken us” to where a potential candidate for president, one Lindsey Olin Graham, can suggest he’ll run on a platform where if any citizen even thinks of joining ISIS: no judge, no jury, his house should be droned. No mention of protecting any children or spouse inside. No mention of proving he, or she, was “thinking of joining the “evildoers.”
 ”Run” and the mainstream media yawns. No one in his party publicly says, “Now wait a minute…”
  We love freedom so much we’re willing to murder anyone we can claim might have been thinking of such things? And their spouse? And their children?
  It’s so damn obvious the world isn’t “safer” without Saddam. If not for our foolish adventure there would be no ISIS. Al Qaeda would not have become like the colony of termites getting wood over finding a fresh wood feast called “Iraq.”
  No, the world is not more free, or “safer,” without Saddam.
  Not even close.

Inspection is a column that has been written by Ken Carman for over 30 years. Inspection is dedicated to looking at odd angles, under all the rocks and into the unseen cracks and crevasses that constitute the issues and philosophical constructs of our day: places few think, or even dare, to venture.
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By Ken Carman

Retired entertainer, provider of educational services, columnist, homebrewer, collie lover, writer of songs, poetry and prose... humorist, mediocre motorcyclist, very bad carpenter, horrid handyman and quirky eccentric deluxe.

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