Smadar, cruelty is "relative". We may all be cruel to some extent, but the question is: Are we more cruel than other humans, crueler than our neighbors, etc. That's why I always brought COMPARISON data. The Assyrians were more cruel than the Babylonians (their neighbors). This is a historical fact. (I mentioned the earlier Sumerians just to indicate that perhaps the Babylonians were moderated by mixing with the earlier Sumerian population. Didn't want to get into a history lecture.) Indeed, the expulsion practice of the Assyrians may be uniquely cruel in the history of the world. I also indicated that Iraqis are crueler than other Arabs. (Nuri Said's finger story shows they are crueler than Egyptians.) The drilling practice may show they are crueler than most peoples today. I did not give an explanation for this level of cruelty, but I don't believe it is genetic. So explain it by enviromental or social conditions. But the reason is not relevant to the point I made. My point was that while Saddam was much crueler than an average American, so is the average Iraqi. Therefore, you don't go to war to replace Saddam with another Iraqi, which will give you the same situation. Education and modernization of a society takes time, perhaps a couple of generations.
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