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Cessna Invesco Palin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-01-05 11:32 AM
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12. Umm...
Arms are only part of the issue. Half of the reason the current insurgency in Iraq is so effective is because the insurgents are able to blend into the population at large. That wasn't possible under Saddam, as he both understood the culture and had the intelligence capacity to root out susepcted dissidents. He also had a penchant for murdering anyone within the social vicinity of suspected dissidents.

Why didn't Saddam's murder of a large group of Shi'ite insurgents (who are the majority Iraqis) make their insurgency worse?

Because the country still had a functioning government that was capable of putting down any such uprising. Most of those who weren't slaughtered became refugees, along with their families.


As far as Saddam slaughtering Iraqis who rose up against him, that is true. But that slaughter was no worse (and maybe even not as bad) as the murder of Falujah.


You seem to have no idea what the aftermath of the uprising was like. Here is the Human Rights Watch report:

http://www.hrw.org/reports/1992/Iraq926.htm

So, yes. Imagine Falluja, ten times worse, and on a regional scale, with civilians intentionally targeted, and you begin to approximate what happened to those who rose up against Saddam. Also what happened to those who sympathised with the rebellion, and those who just happened to live in the same towns.

And we just left them there. It's one of the most shameful episodes in recent US history.
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