Saddam's actions were regrettable, but Bush's were deplorable???? How did this world lose it's way so badly and become so unable to discern right from wrong, good from evil?
I think the nations and peoples of the world who hold these types of views ought to get over their jealousy and envy of the United States and examine their real motives for unfailingly condemning anything the United States does as evil, and praising anyone who opposes the United States as heroic and good. Such thinking is uncritical, unrealisitc, and counterproductive to their stated goal of promoting world peace. It is time all took responsibility for their actions or lack thereof, and stopped childishly blaming the United States for all the world's woes.
Rich, Western nations (not just the US, although they are the largest and most powerful offender at this time) have a terrible record of bankrolling tyrants, when it suits them.
We in the West are far too complacent when it comes to our questioning of our own governments' motives. Yes, there are awful, evil dictatorships in this world, many, many more than Saddam. But many have been backed up by so-called free democracies (and speaking as a Brit I am all too aware of the hideous leaders my country has sought alliances with). Many more have been allowed to continue for reasons of convenience (the Taliban for a long while due to their crackdown on the heroin trade being one of the most recent). There isn't much we (the people) can really do about these countries directly if our governments turn a blind eye or act unethically (especially as most so-called "democracies" are two-party systems where both parties are as corrupt as each other). We can however start with Messrs. Bush, Blair, Chirac etc.
It will be very interesting to see what comes of the new "democracy" in Iraq. If the people vote for a Baathist representative, or a radical Islamist, will the West accept this? Or will it be a repetition of democratically-elected hard-left parties forcibly ousted in Western-backed coups once again? We will see.
I will also remind readers of where my esteemed leader (and local MP) comes from. He was initially active in the left-wing of this country's socialist Labour party (although he has since changed his spots). He was a member of CND, and his early politics weren't too far removed from what many Americans might consider "communism" (in favour of the state control of the utilities, the rail network, even our car industry). Yet this is the man who is now Bush's closest ally? If he'd become leader of a South American state in the early 80s with his views as they were, Reagan would have wanted him dead.