Friday, May 06, 2011
Saddam shoulda been killed Usama-style
I heard Bill Maher ask Irshad Manji tonight if Muslims appreciate it that the US didn't send a cruise missile to kill bin Ladin. Manji thought about it for a second and said "no". I don't know how other Muslims would answer that question, but I am one Muslim who appreciates the fact that the US did not bomb the place and kill a bunch of innocent civilians. I wish Saddam had been killed like Usama was. Catching Saddam and putting him on trial resulted in many problems. Sunni Arabs ended up sympathizing with him and thought his trial was unjust. Killing him and his sons with an elite Navy Seal team would have been much more preferable than weeks of bombing that caused collateral damage, and then a subsequent imprisonment and trial that further divided Arabs along sectarian lines. Many people, including non-Arabs, defended Saddam without understanding his crimes, and I believe that many people would have defended Usama as well had he been captured and put on trial.