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Rumsfeld shaking hands with Saddam

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Submitted by G.Vishvas (Germany), Nov 1, 2008 at 05:28

We had photos of american officials, even Rumsfeld, shaking hands with Saddam and laughing or smiling togther with him into the camera.

Paradoxically, Saddam, for all his evils, was the most progressive and secular leader in the arab world. He had the least connections with terrorist gangs and weapons of mass destruction (except those gas bombs provided to him by the euroepans and US-americans). He was the one with whom the USA could have successfully carried out a democratisation program in the arab world.

One has to have the political intelligence, maturity and patience for such ideas to fruition.

You can't make evil vanish completely - but you can make use of it cleverly and wisely for serving the good.

The US has failed in this since 60 years. Even in case of the Soviet Union it was no different. Every evil has a handle somewhere and if the handle is properly caught and manipulated then the evil energy can be made to serve good.

Rabid anti-communism, rabid anti-Saddamism, rabid christian fundamentalism, rabid capitalism - all these have led to disastrous results.

So don't fall into the trap of rabid anti-Obama-ism.

Fighting islam and fighting muslims are two different things. Fighting against muslims will strengthen islam and then also the muslims. Fighting against islam will weaken islam and then also the muslims. George Bush has wasted US strength fighting against muslims. Simultaneously he said islam is a great religion. That beat-about-the-bush approach did not and cannot work. Islam has to be exposed as a totalitarian ideology and an arab imperialist aggression that is misusing the word "god" and the name of god.

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