How the West armed Saddam ..

via newsgrist some links which should be passed on further: – a text by Zizek published in the NYT and an essential must-view flash film …

In a similar way, Saddam Hussein’s regime was an abominable authoritarian state, guilty of many crimes, mostly toward its own people. However, one should note the strange but key fact that, when the United States representatives and the Iraqi prosecutors were enumerating his evil deeds, they systematically omitted what was undoubtedly his greatest crime in terms of human suffering
CIA to Saddam: Thanks For the Memories >> view
and of violating international justice: his invasion of Iran. Why? Because the United States and the majority of foreign states were actively helping Iraq in this aggression.

And now the United States is continuing, through other means, this greatest crime of Saddam Hussein: his never-ending attempt to topple the Iranian government. This is the price you have to pay when the struggle against the enemies is the struggle against the evil ghosts in your own closet: you don’t even control yourself.

A nice continuing read are the comments to this NYT Zizek article on I cite

.. and further links to skim through are these R.Fisk texts in the Independent Online Edition:
– Robert Fisk: He takes his secrets to the grave. Our complicity dies with him
– Robert Fisk: A dictator created then destroyed by America
– Robert Fisk: The whole bloody thing was obscene

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