The Binary Game: Saddam Hussein

In the black and white world of George W. Bush and his followers, one mantra is endlessly repeated: “The world is better off without Saddam Hussein in power.” My own thought is that this may be but is not absolutely true. I can think of a few situations, for instance, in which the world might not have been better off without Saddam Hussein in power:

  • If Hussein had actually had WMD, and had shipped them to terrorist cells around the world before dying in his sleep.
  • If a comet hit the Earth, obliterating all life, including Saddam Hussein.
  • If a country invaded Iraq, toppling the Hussein regime, leaving chaos, civil war, and tens of thousands of dead Iraqis in its wake.