by David Harsanyi
"Well, for starters, Saddam didn’t kill terrorists, he killed those who threatened his power, which sometimes happened to include those we might deem terrorists. Whether it was the Sunni or Kurdish or Shiite theocrats, his goal was to consolidate power. No, he didn’t read them their rights or talk. He gassed civilians (“a little,” according to Trump) and tortured and raped the families of his enemies during his Stalinist purges. At the time, there was an underlying moral argument for changing the lives of victims, and with it the trajectory of the Middle East. It failed.
It’s one thing to argue that allowing Saddam to stay may have helped counterbalance Iran or save Christians or avert a Syrian civil war. It’s something else to perpetuate the fiction that he did not export terrorism. If Iraq wasn’t Harvard for terrorists it was surely a safety school for top-notch extremists. Not only did Saddam aid and shelter the murderers of American citizens, but the United States designated Iraq a terror state for providing bases to a number of violent organizations."