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0rganism Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-28-04 08:01 PM
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Poll question: Should Saddam Hussein have stayed in power in Iraq?
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Edited on Wed Apr-28-04 08:02 PM by 0rganism
Someone raised a question in The Media subforum to this effect. I'd like to see what DUers in GD think of this.

The original question is, "Do you believe Saddam Hussein should have been left in power?"

I'll try to provide responses with a bit of nuance, but invite additional content in response.

Poll result (92 votes)
Yes, Iraq was a sovereign state fully capable of governing itself (5 votes, 5%)Vote
Yes, Saddam would have been gone soon enough anyway (4 votes, 4%)Vote
Yes, Saddam was a necessary component of regional stability (9 votes, 10%)Vote
Yes, he was responsive to international law, could have worked with the UN (1 votes, 1%)Vote
Yes, the USA doesn't have the right to pick and choose foreign governments (45 votes, 49%)Vote
Maybe, there are reasonable arguments both ways (2 votes, 2%)Vote
No, Saddam's Iraq was a terrorist-supporting state in violation of UN resolutions (1 votes, 1%)Vote
No, he was an egregious human rights abuser who had to go, one way or another (18 votes, 20%)Vote
No, the invasion was necessary to accomplish a liberation Iraqis couldn't achieve on their own (1 votes, 1%)Vote
Other -- some combination of the above, or something else -- please specify (6 votes, 7%)Vote

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  -Should Saddam Hussein have stayed in power in Iraq? 0rganism  Apr-28-04 08:01 PM   #0 
  - What does "should" mean?  Mattforclark   Apr-28-04 08:08 PM   #1 
  - That's up to you and your own sense of ethics  0rganism   Apr-28-04 08:14 PM   #4 
     - What I meant was  Mattforclark   Apr-28-04 08:21 PM   #13 
        - OK, I voted for  Mattforclark   Apr-28-04 08:30 PM   #18 
        - I can't speak to the powers of your magic wand, but I inferred "realistic"  0rganism   Apr-28-04 08:33 PM   #21 
  - He Should Have Been Allowed To.........!  Preening Fop   Apr-28-04 08:09 PM   #2 
  - I thought he didn't actually write it?  Mattforclark   Apr-28-04 08:13 PM   #3 
  - I hope they also find out  RafterMan   Apr-28-04 08:17 PM   #8 
  - I suspect he'll have plenty of time to work on it now  0rganism   Apr-28-04 08:16 PM   #7 
  - Only someone like Saddam could control that country.  MrSlayer   Apr-28-04 08:14 PM   #5 
  - maybe Iraq is meant to be three separate countries  rucky   Apr-28-04 08:18 PM   #10 
     - Do you think Turkey would tolerate an independent Kurdistan on its border?  0rganism   Apr-28-04 08:23 PM   #15 
  - I would have said no,  RafterMan   Apr-28-04 08:16 PM   #6 
  - Would've been gone soon enough  rucky   Apr-28-04 08:17 PM   #9 
  - Peacekeepers & pressured him out  sandnsea   Apr-28-04 08:20 PM   #11 
  - I voted No  Maestro   Apr-28-04 08:21 PM   #12 
  - Saddam should have been overthrown by the Iraqis  BigBigBear   Apr-28-04 08:21 PM   #14 
  - I stand firmly on the.....  Heyo   Apr-28-04 08:27 PM   #16 
  - This poll is for perverts:  Dirk39   Apr-28-04 08:30 PM   #17 
  - Hey, you can put it in whatever context you think appropriate  0rganism   Apr-28-04 08:40 PM   #26 
     - No, I can't.  Dirk39   Apr-28-04 08:53 PM   #30 
        - I could answer that poll, easily: No way  0rganism   Apr-28-04 09:00 PM   #35 
  - Smart sanctions could have taken him out  kiahzero   Apr-28-04 08:32 PM   #19 
  - America has the right to intervene.  JHBowden   Apr-28-04 08:33 PM   #20 
  - What?  Dirk39   Apr-28-04 08:38 PM   #25 
     - The United States is a Democracy.  JHBowden   Apr-28-04 08:45 PM   #29 
        - And they hate "you" for your freedom...  Dirk39   Apr-28-04 10:57 PM   #39 
  - The question isn't so much "Should he have stayed in power...."  drumwolf   Apr-28-04 08:34 PM   #22 
  - How about in the greater scope of all possible ways of removing him?  0rganism   Apr-28-04 08:44 PM   #27 
  - Interesting. Is it possible that a UN success in defanging a dictator ...  TahitiNut   Apr-28-04 08:34 PM   #23 
  - I don't believe Saddam would have lasted this long if.............  Hubert Flottz   Apr-28-04 08:35 PM   #24 
  - He was the leader of that country...  markomalley   Apr-28-04 08:44 PM   #28 
  - I suspect the counterargument would be...  0rganism   Apr-28-04 08:56 PM   #32 
     - Of course it would have been ludicrous....  markomalley   Apr-29-04 03:57 AM   #45 
     - When was the last time the US had an uncoerced election?  Hubert Flottz   Apr-29-04 05:25 AM   #47 
  - Follow Up Questions to the "No's"  dubyadubya3   Apr-28-04 08:53 PM   #31 
  - I don't defend the "No" position, but  JHBowden   Apr-28-04 08:58 PM   #33 
  - We shouldn't have invaded, but I'm glad he's gone.  FlashHarry   Apr-28-04 08:59 PM   #34 
  - By the way, here's how I answered the question in the other thread  0rganism   Apr-28-04 09:21 PM   #36 
  - Hmm  Codeblue   Apr-28-04 09:33 PM   #37 
  - Interesting. No one (so far) thinks Iraqis were incapable of revolution.  0rganism   Apr-28-04 10:07 PM   #38 
  - It would have been worth while agreeing to lift sanctions  Matilda   Apr-28-04 11:05 PM   #40 
  - It's never too late  MetaTrope   Apr-29-04 12:11 AM   #41 
  - I couldn't see the difference between 1 and 5  Feanorcurufinwe   Apr-29-04 12:14 AM   #42 
  - it's a difference of responsible agency, I think  0rganism   Apr-29-04 01:31 AM   #44 
  - I voted Yes, because  myday38   Apr-29-04 12:57 AM   #43 
  - The question is misleading  Vladimir   Apr-29-04 05:01 AM   #46 
  - But that's part of the challenge!  0rganism   Apr-29-04 03:41 PM   #48 
  - People have been known to overthrow dictators all by themselves  eridani   Apr-29-04 04:41 PM   #49 

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